Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Conservation Program Hosts Workshop

Alternative Land Use Services reaches out to new communities

Port Rowan, Ont.-Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS), an innovative conservation program that supports ecological systems on working farms, is hosting a two-day workshop on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Long Point Waterfowl Research and Education Centre in Norfolk, Ontario.

The workshop, supported by Ontario Nature and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will assist new communities deliver Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) in the province. The workshop will focus on enhancing community representative’s knowledge of the program, detailing the unique community-based delivery model and help build connections with other participants.

Developed more than ten years ago by Delta Waterfowl Foundation and Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers, ALUS is a community-led, farmer-delivered initiative that promises to revolutionize conservation in this country. ALUS creates a healthy, working landscape that simultaneously sustains agriculture, wildlife and the protection of natural spaces. Under ALUS, farmers receive payments to deliver a variety of environmental services such as reducing soil erosion, improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat.

ALUS is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in Ontario, with projects in Norfolk County, Bayham Township, Grey-Bruce County and Dundas-Stormont-Glengarry County in the eastern part of the province. The growth of ALUS in Ontario was made possible by major grants through The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

To learn more about ALUS go to www.alus.ca, or contact,

Lynn Bishop
ALUS Ontario General Manager
416-999-7985
lbishop@deltawaterfowl.org

Joshua Wise
Greenway Program Coordinator,
Ontario Nature
416-444-8419 ext. 273
joshuaw@ontarionature.org

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