What Are Ecosystem Services?

ALUS Canada supports tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, pollinator meadows, carbon capture, clean air, clean water, and other ecosystem services.

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Cleaner air, cleaner water, carbon capture and more biodiversity, including wildlife habitat and pollinator meadows: just a few of the ecosystem services being produced by ALUS participants on their farms and ranches. Also known as nature’s benefits, or ecological goods and services, ecosystem services are valuable for the ecosystem, the community and the planet.

Scroll through the slideshow below, to see the range of ecosystem services supported by ALUS.

 

Cleaner Water

ALUS creates, restores, enhances and maintains Canadian wetlands, which are important for storing water, mitigating droughts and floods, filtering nutrients to keep water clean, sequestering carbon, protecting wildlife and many more ecosystem services.

Wildlife Habitat

ALUS establishes and maintains wildlife habitat, including wetlands, riparian areas, tree and shrub plantations, oak savannah, native prairie and pollinator hedgerows, to boost biodiversity, sequester carbon, control erosion and support pollinators and other native wildlife.

Pollinators

ALUS establishes and maintains pollinator hedgerows, buffer strips and other meadows to provide food and habitat for Canada’s native bees and pollinators.

Reforestation

ALUS supports reforestation with native species of trees, to provide wildlife habitat, store carbon, help control soil erosion, and maintain critical links between forests across this vast nation.

Wildlife-Friendly Fencing

ALUS funds wildlife-friendly fencing around fragile areas and wetlands, designed to allow deer and other wildlife to get over, under or through safely, while keeping cattle and livestock out.

Native Grasses

ALUS establishes and maintains native grasses to sequester carbon, control erosion, support pollinators, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Henhouses

ALUS provides henhouse nesting structures for wetland projects, to provide waterfowl with a safe haven from foraging predators like racoons, skunks and foxes.

Cleaner Air

ALUS projects also produce the simplest, yet arguably the most important ecosystem service of them all: copious volumes of clean, fresh air.