ALUS Outaouais
Where Agriculture and Nature Meet

ALUS Outaouais started its activities in March 2021 and was officially launched in November 2021. The program is a partnership between ALUS and Fédération de l’UPA de Outaouais-Laurentides (FUPAOL).

In the southwestern region of Quebec, Outaouais is comprised of 5 regional county municipalities (RCM) and 67 local municipalities and covers an area of nearly 30,000 square kilometres. Outaouais is bordered by Ontario, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Laurentians and is mostly wooded and dotted with numerous hills, rivers and lakes.

Agriculture in the Outouais region is concentrated along the plains of the Ottawa and Gatineau rivers and their main tributaries. With a population of nearly 300,000, the agricultural industry is comprised of many small operations, with the producers in the region primarily cultivating cattle, forage, vegetable and fruit for market distribution.

Of essential importance to the participants, coordinator and PAC members of ALUS Outaouais are the health of their riparian areas, particularly in the RCM of Papineau where riparian restoration projects are planned for the Blanche River and Lavoie, Hébert and Dicaire streams. ALUS Outaouais intends to help meet locally set targets to improve biodiversity and water quality in and around the streams.

Some species identified as critically important in Outaouais are the bobolink, eastern meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow, barn swallow, red-headed woodpecker, golden winged warbler, western chorus frog and blanding’s turtle. ALUS can support many different types of ecological projects on agricultural land to help provide habitat for these species. Some of the projects would include: ungrazed/uncut reserve lands for birds; wetlands, riverbanks and windbreaks seeded with native plant species; and eco-buffers that can hold shrubs and trees that not only protect habitat but help with topsoil quality and retention on productive land.

ALUS Outaouais will undertake these projects as an extension of its legal entity FUPAOL, which is committed to the implementation of the ALUS program. The Federation is an agricultural trade union, which bases its raison d’être and its actions on values of respect for the individual, solidarity, collective action, social justice, equity and democracy. Its mission is to promote, defend and develop the professional, economic, social and moral interests of its members.

 

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A Record Year for ALUS Montérégie

A Record Year for ALUS Montérégie

More than $98,823 awarded to 33 local farmers committed to improving the environment MONTÉRÉGIE, DECEMBER 15, 2021 — On December 14, the Fédération de l'UPA de la Montérégie and ALUS recognized the efforts of farmers who have committed, for a period of 5 years, to...

Launch of the ALUS program in Outaouais

Launch of the ALUS program in Outaouais

The ALUS Outaouais program was officially launched today, the result of a partnership between ALUS and the Fédération de l’UPA Outaouais-Laurentides. The launch was marked by an event attended by thirty people, including program partners, agricultural producers and media.

Ian McClatchy: Putting Down Roots for the Environment

Ian McClatchy: Putting Down Roots for the Environment

Planting native trees to benefit the environment and agricultureIan McClatchy in the lowland pasture of Rupert Hill Farm, the land he and his family call home. Photo: Philippe Boivin.At Rupert Hill Farm, in the Municipality of La Peche, just outside Gatineau, Quebec,...

ALUS Outouais Coordinator

Maria Jose Maezo

Maria Jose Maezo

15, Chemin de la Grande-Côte
Bureau 200
Saint-Eustache, QC
J7P 5L3
mjmaezo@upa.qc.ca
514-796-6395

Entente sectorielle de développement du secteur bioalimentaire de l’Outaouais (ESBO)  – Government of Quebec

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Species at Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) Program

MRC de Papineau

Justin Alary
President of the PAC and  and Agricultural Producer (ferme Stepido)

Kristine Amyotte
Dairy Farmer (Robie Beck Farms)

Brian Maloney
Rancher (ferme Brylee)

Ian McClatchy
Agricultural Producer (Rupert Hill Farm)

Madeleine Rouleau
Project Manager in natural environment management, Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO)

Pascal Samson 
Senior Biologist, Agence de bassin versant des 7

Carl Savignac
Terrestrial Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager, Canadian Wildlife Federation

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