ALUS Ontario East’s 2019 tour successfully raised awareness with local residents, landowners, farmers and municipal councils, as ALUS participants explained how and why they do what they do.
ALUS came to eastern Ontario in 2012. Today, Ontario East ALUS Inc. operates within the watersheds of the Raisin Region and South Nation Conservation Authorities, covering the geographic region of Eastern Ontario, between Ottawa and the Quebec border, and south-west to Maitland.
The program is overseen by a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of voting members (farmers) and advisory members (agency and NGO staff). Currently, there are seven local farmers, comprising the voting members of the PAC, and seven non-voting members who provide advice and guidance.
ALUS Ontario East focuses on retiring marginal, inefficient and fragile farmland, and converting it into natural areas, such as pollinator habitat, hedgerows, wetlands, buffer zones, native meadows, reforested areas and wildlife habitat, complete with nest boxes for birds, bats and bees.
To be eligible, landowners must have a valid Farm Business Registration Number, and should be comfortable serving as a spokesperson for ALUS Canada, willing and available to host demonstration tours on their farms.
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News & Events in Ontario East
Ontario East Alternative Land Use Services Inc. is hosting its first Environmental Stewardship Tour September 2nd, 2015.
On May 29, 2013, Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Ontario East inaugurated the first of three demonstration projects on the farm of Jackie and Steven Pemberton (Winchester, Ontario).
Raison Region Conservation Authority
South Nations Conservation
SD&G Stewardship Council/Certified Forest Owners
St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Wildlife Foundation
Land Stewardship Habitat Rehabilitation Program (OMNR)