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ALUS Canada Funds Grassland Bird Conservation in PEI - ALUS Canada

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CHARLOTTETOWN, JUNE 8, 2018/ ALUS Canada Funds Grassland Bird Conservation in PEI

ALUS Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island have signed a landmark agreement to help conserve threatened grassland bird species on Prince Edward Island.

ALUS Canada funding will be used by PEI ALUS to encourage farmers to delay their first cut of hay until July 15, after fledging grassland birds have left the nest. This is a simple and effective way of reducing mortality in species such as bobolink, classified as threatened in Eastern Canada by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
ALUS Canada funding will be used by PEI ALUS to encourage farmers to delay their first cut of hay until July 15, after fledging grassland birds have left the nest. This is a simple and effective way of reducing mortality in species such as bobolink, classified as threatened in Eastern Canada by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

ALUS Canada and Prince Edward Island’s Alternative Land Use Services (PEI ALUS) program have been partners for over a decade in helping Canadian farmers produce ecosystem services, but this is the first time ALUS Canada has helped to fund PEI ALUS activities.

“We are making this investment to support conservation outcomes on the Island, specifically to help make cleaner air, cleaner water and more biodiversity for PEI communities,” said ALUS Canada CEO Bryan Gilvesy. “We are happy to bring ALUS PEI into ALUS Canada’s national marketplace for ecosystem services.”

The funding of $90,000 over three years will be used by PEI ALUS to encourage farmers to delay their first cut of hay until July 15, after fledging grassland birds have left the nest. This is a simple and effective way of reducing mortality in species such as bobolink, classified as threatened in Eastern Canada by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

“Prince Edward Island farmers have demonstrated their commitment to help protect and enhance the environment,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Robert Henderson said. “We are pleased to partner with ALUS Canada in this initiative which builds on the successes of the ALUS program in this province.”

The annual payment of $25 per acre recognizes the value of the ecosystem services farmers provide to society, in this case by delaying their hay cut to increase grassland biodiversity. In this way, PEI ALUS will expand its roster of methods for supporting farmers to do the right thing for the environment.

View press release on Government of Prince Edward Island website: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/some-threatened-island-birds-getting-more-protection

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Bridget Wayland, Director of Communications, ALUS Canada, 514-770-3001; [email protected]

Shawn Hill, Co-ordinator, PEI ALUS: 902-836-8916

ABOUT ALUS CANADA

ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, is a national program helping farmers and ranchers to produce cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity and other ecosystem services in their communities. As a recent Alberta Emerald Award-winner—and guided by a Clean50/Clean 16 award-winning team—ALUS Canada is a recognized leader in sustainability that is revolutionizing the way Canadians support the environment. ALUS Canada has so far disbursed nearly $6.5 M in funding to ALUS communities across Canada, an investment that is multiplied by farmers, ranchers and communities on the ground. As a result, there are currently more than 18,500 acres enrolled in the ALUS program, thanks to 575 participants from 21 communities in five provinces, and the program is rapidly expanding. Prince Edward Island is the only Canadian province with a publicly-funded ALUS program.

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