Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)

What is ALUS?

ALUS is a community-developed, farmer-delivered program that provides support to farmers and ranchers to enhance and maintain nature’s benefits. ALUS has a simple goal: create a healthy working landscape that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians.
 
"Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest” —Aldo Leopold, 1934
 

Aldo Leopold, North America’s “father of wildlife conservation”, was on to something some eight decades ago. He believed private landowners, for the most part farmers, are the key to conservation. This is the principle that Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is built on.

The ALUS vision: Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) has a simple, yet revolutionary goal…create a healthy landscape that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians.

How Does ALUS work?

ALUS pays farmers to retain and reconstruct natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands, riparian areas and trees. It rehabilitates life-support processes, such as water filtration and purification, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration, and helps restore declining biodiversity. Natural benefits include habitat for fish and wildlife including waterfowl, species at risk and native pollinator insects, cleaner air and water, and sustainable food production on working landscapes.

To learn more about ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) and how it can benefit you read more at http://www.alus.ca/how-alus-works/ or Contact Kimberly McDonald at Century 21 Westcountry Realty Ltd. (403) 845-7772

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