ALUS participants Tom and Margaret Towers receive the 2019 Dave Reid Award for innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Tamara Ranch.
Launched in September 2018 as a partnership between ALUS Canada and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, ALUS Chatham-Kent is the 23rd ALUS community in Canada.
Located in southwestern Ontario along the Thames River, a Canadian Heritage River, Chatham-Kent is Canada’s number-one producer of tomatoes, carrots, seed corn, black tobacco, pumpkins and cucumbers, and Ontario’s number-one producer of green peas, broccoli and cauliflower. The region covers nearly 2,500 square kilometers with a population of more than 101,000 residents.
ALUS works closely with landowners to develop and support projects that are best suited to local needs and priorities. Through ALUS projects that re-establish and enhance grasslands, wetlands and woodlands, the ALUS Chatham-Kent program aims to help address issues such as deforestation, habitat loss and nutrient loading in Lake Erie.
The ALUS Program Coordinator works with farmers and ranchers to help establish these projects, while participants receive annual, per-acre payments for the management and maintenance of these projects on their land.
Through their ALUS projects, ALUS Chatham-Kent participants will help to produce cleaner water, cleaner air and more biodiversity, including pollinator habitat, for the benefit of everyone in surrounding communities.
News & Events in Chatham-Kent
On June 4, 2019, ALUS Canada presented the Dave Reid Award to farmers and ranchers for excellence and innovation in producing ecosystem services.
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority held a jam-packed breakfast event on February 28, 2019, to officially launch the new ALUS Chatham-Kent program.