Environmental Stewardship through Ecosystem Services

What We Do

ALUS provides expertise, resources and direct financial support to communities where farmers and ranchers build nature-based solutions on their land to deliver ecosystem services to sustain agriculture, help build community resilience and fight climate change and biodiversity loss for the benefit of future generations.

Community Projects

ALUS partnerships help build vibrant communities by implementing the program through a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of local farmers, community stakeholders and other NGOs. This allows each community program to address specific local environmental challenges and work collaboratively towards implementing sustainable solutions. ALUS provides financial and technical support for the implementation of these projects and annual payments to its participants to ensure the ongoing stewardship of each of their ALUS projects.

Christian Lalande
Christian Lalande

Community Projects

ALUS partnerships help build vibrant communities by implementing the program through a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of local farmers, community stakeholders and other NGOs. This allows each community program to address specific local environmental challenges and work collaboratively towards implementing sustainable solutions. ALUS provides financial and technical support for the implementation of these projects and annual payments to its participants to ensure the ongoing stewardship of each of their ALUS projects.

Ecosystem Services

ALUS network consists of more than 1,400 farmers and ranchers in 35 communities who deliver ecosystem services in their communities, such as cleaner air, cleaner water, carbon sequestration, erosion control, flood and drought mitigation, pollinator and wildlife habitat. On more than 37,000 acres, these farmers and ranchers restore wetlands, install riparian buffers, plant windbreaks and ecobuffers, manage sustainable drainage systems, create pollinator habitat and establish other ecologically beneficial projects.

Innovation & Technology

ALUS provides participating communities with innovative technology and data infrastructures and tools. With these tailored solutions, ALUS captures detailed information about the benefits of ecosystem projects across the country, quantifying carbon sequestration, nutrient capture and biodiversity benefits. These data and technologies can then be applied to make strategic decisions about projects to ensure they deliver maximum ecological and financial benefit to the community.

Modeste Watershed Map
Modeste Watershed Map

Innovation & Technology

ALUS provides participating communities with innovative technology and data infrastructures and tools. With these tailored solutions, ALUS captures detailed information about the benefits of ecosystem projects across the country, quantifying carbon sequestration, nutrient capture and biodiversity benefits. These data and technologies can then be applied to make strategic decisions about projects to ensure they deliver maximum ecological and financial benefit to the community.

ALUS by the Numbers

2022 Snapshot of ALUS’ On the Ground Impact

Active provinces

ALUS communities +4 since last year

Farmers and ranchers participating +318 since last year

Acres of wetland ecosystems +5,354 since last year

Acres of pollinator habitat +5,122 since last year

Acres reforested with native trees and shrubs +1,686 since last year

Acres of ALUS land +5,564 since last year

Invested by ALUS +$4M since last year

Thanks a million to farmers, ranchers and communities multiplying our investment on the ground

ALUS Community Projects

Growing Biodiversity and Resilience for Future Generations

Growing Biodiversity and Resilience for Future Generations

ALUS Chatham-Kent participants, Betty and Allan Hubbell, want their grandchildren to know a world rich in biodiversity Lifelong residents of Chatham-Kent, Betty and Allan have a close relationship to the land. “This land was farmed by my dad since the 1950s, and we...

Larry and Rosanne Bingham, ALUS Trailblazers

Larry and Rosanne Bingham, ALUS Trailblazers

A Dream of Wildlife on their Land In 2011, Larry and Rosanne Bingham purchased 160 acres of land with a dream of retiring in a rural setting. Some fifteen kilometres south of Vermilion, Alberta, they found their deal plot of land. The site they chose is dear to them...

Meet Gene and Emily Plihal, ALUS Trailblazers

Meet Gene and Emily Plihal, ALUS Trailblazers

In Northern Sunrise County, Alberta, a father and daughter are working to preserve wildlife habitat. In 2007, Emily Plihal purchased three quarters of land, primarily to preserve habitat for animals and to restore the natural health of the land. Her father, Gene,...