Environmental Stewardship through Ecosystem Services

What We Do

ALUS helps farmers and ranchers harmonize the demands of agriculture with the important function of natural spaces on their land. Projects on marginal parcels have allowed the restoration of tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, tallgrass prairie and wetlands. Projects on the working land include enhanced grazing practices, such as AMP grazing. These projects contribute to cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity and carbon capture.

 

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 1,100 farmers and ranchers in 31 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 32,000 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

2021 Snapshot of ALUS’ On the Ground Impact

Active provinces

ALUS communities +4 since last year

Farmers and ranchers participating +244 since last year

Acres of wetland ecosystems +4,331 since last year

Acres of pollinator habitat +4,417 since last year

Acres reforested with native trees and shrubs +874 since last year

Acres of ALUS land +5,354 since last year

Invested by ALUS +$2.3M since last year

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

ALUS Community Projects

Giving the Gift of Sustainability on their Christmas Tree Farm

Giving the Gift of Sustainability on their Christmas Tree Farm

Catie and Gene’s stewardship on their Christmas tree farm does more than warm the heart, it has tangible effects on the environment and local wildlife.Catie Metcalfe and Gene Bystryk own the Cagene Christmas Tree Farm, in Norfolk Ontario. There are few places in...

Hope Jensen: Building a paradise with farming

Hope Jensen: Building a paradise with farming

Hope Jensen’s bucolic farmland in Alberta is more than just a secluded getaway. It’s a commitment to agriculture and wildlife protection.Just northwest of Eckville, Alberta, Hope has been building a piece of paradise since 2006. Thanks to her tenacious farm work, her...

Meet Doug and Susan Clark, ALUS Trailblazers

Meet Doug and Susan Clark, ALUS Trailblazers

ALUS presents a profile series showcasing outstanding farmers and ranchers creating ecosystem services in Alberta. Alberta trailblazers Doug and Susan Clark with their son, Wes, of JC Ranch participate in the ALUS Wheatland program, a partnership between Wheatland...