What Are Ecosystem Services?

ALUS supports tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, pollinator meadows, carbon capture, cleaner air, cleaner water, and other ecosystem services.

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ALUS helps farmers and ranchers harmonize the demands of agriculture with the important function of natural
spaces on their land. ALUS funded projects have restored tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, Tallgrass
prairie, wetlands and have contributed to cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity and carbon capture.

Here are a few examples of ecosystem services:

Restored and contructed wetlands
Wetlands improve habitat for avian, aquatic and land species, capture excess soil nutrients, preventing fouling of waterbodies, provide drought and flood mitigation and improve downstream water quality.

Restored tallgrass prairies
Tallgrass prairies attract native pollinators like bees and at-risk species like monarch butterflies, retain soil nutrients, provide natural forage for wildlife, maintain natural food webs and reduce crop damage by insects.

Ecobuffers
Ecobuffers improve habitat quality, reduce soil erosion, create wildlife corridors to improve landscape connectivity, maintain stream food web function and prevent excess nutrient buildup in watercourses.

Cleaner Water

ALUS creates, restores, enhances and maintains Canadian wetlands, which are important for storing water, mitigating droughts and floods, filtering nutrients to keep water clean, sequestering carbon, protecting wildlife and many more ecosystem services.

Wildlife Habitat

ALUS establishes and maintains wildlife habitat, including wetlands, riparian areas, tree and shrub plantations, oak savannah, native prairie and pollinator hedgerows, to boost biodiversity, sequester carbon, control erosion and support pollinators and other native wildlife.

Pollinators

ALUS establishes and maintains pollinator hedgerows, buffer strips and other meadows to provide food and habitat for Canada’s native bees and pollinators.

Reforestation

ALUS supports reforestation with native species of trees, to provide wildlife habitat, store carbon, help control soil erosion, and maintain critical links between forests across this vast nation.

Wildlife-Friendly Fencing

ALUS funds wildlife-friendly fencing around fragile areas and wetlands, designed to allow deer and other wildlife to get over, under or through safely, while keeping cattle and livestock out.

Native Grasses

ALUS establishes and maintains native grasses to sequester carbon, control erosion, support pollinators, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Henhouses

ALUS provides henhouse nesting structures for wetland projects, to provide waterfowl with a safe haven from foraging predators like racoons, skunks and foxes.

Cleaner Air

ALUS projects also produce the simplest, yet arguably the most important ecosystem service of them all: copious volumes of clean, fresh air.