The ALUS SODCAP program is a partnership between ALUS and the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP), an environmental non-government organization active in the Milk River Watershed.
SODCAP Inc. works in cooperation with local ranchers, industry, and biologists to create, protect and maintain native prairie habitat for a number of species-at-risk, including the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), swift fox (Vulpes velox), Sprague’s pipit (Anthus spragueii) and chestnut-collared longspur (Calcarius ornatus).
Located in the far southwest corner of Saskatchewan, the Milk River Watershed spans two million acres, extending from the Cypress Hills on the Alberta border, east to the Big Muddy Badlands in southern Saskatchewan, and south to the United States border. It is home to Grasslands National Park, seven former PFRA community pastures (the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration’s Community Pasture Program) and three former provincial community pastures. Half of the Milk River Watershed still consists of native prairie grassland, and another 25% is under permanent tame cover, making this area a haven for wildlife.
The ALUS SODCAP team works with local farmers and ranchers to help establish ALUS projects that help address several important environmental issues in the Milk River Watershed.
Priorities include improving riparian areas, controlling invasive weeds and converting cropland to native prairie grasslands, all to improve environmental outcomes and increase biodiversity, including habitat for multiple species at risk.
ALUS SODCAP participants receive annual, per-acre payments for the management and maintenance of ALUS projects on their land.
These ALUS projects produce cleaner water, cleaner air and greater biodiversity, including pollinator habitat, for the benefit of everyone in surrounding communities.
For more information, please contact the ALUS SODCAP team.
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PRESS RELEASE | Eastend, July 15 2020 | Announcing the new ALUS SODCAP program Launched in June 2020, the ALUS SODCAP program will help boost biodiversity on the working landscape. ALUS Canada is thrilled to welcome a new ALUS community in Saskatchewan, in partnership...
ALUS SODCAP Coordinators
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association
Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association
Saskatchewan Association of Rural
Environment and Climate Change Canada
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Frenchman Wood River Weed Management Area
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Environment
Grasslands National Park
Nekaneet Cree Nation
Val Marie Grazing Corp
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
ALUS Montérégie PAC Chair, and 1st Vice-President of the Montérégie UPA Federation
Farmer and former President, Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie
Farmer, and President, Syndicat de l’UPA la Vallée-du-Richelieu
Farmer, Hazen-Bleury et de la Barbotte committee
Farmer and President, Syndicat de l’UPA Vallée maskoutaine
Farmer andmember of the Pot au Beurre et AgriClimat project committee
Farmer and former Vice-President, Syndicat de l’UPA du Haut-Richelieu
Agronomist at Groupe ProConseil and member of the Huron River committee
General Manager, COVABAR
Agronomist at Agri Conseils Maska
Executive Director, CIME Haut-Richelieu