Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)
Alternative Land Use Services, or ALUS for short, is a unique incentive program that recognizes the role farmers and ranchers play in producing both food and a healthy environment. Supported by Ontario Nature and the local communities, ALUS is a voluntary program that allows for community-led, farmer-delivered conservation initiatives.
Through ALUS, farmers receive payments to conserve and restore natural features such as wetlands, creeks, shorelines, native grasses and trees, and unique ecosystems like tall grass prairie and oak savannah. In this way, parcels of farmland are converted into habitat for wildlife.
Through this program, we have an opportunity to respond to the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss by engaging those who own and manage most of the land in southern and eastern Ontario.
ALUS is a national program with projects in PEI, Alberta, Saskatchewan and in five Ontario communities (Norfolk County; Grey and Bruce Counties; The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; the township of Bayham and The Town of Caledon).
Ontario Nature is part of the ALUS Alliance, a diverse group of more than 40 individuals and organizations in Ontario that promotes ALUS throughout the province.
If you are interested in joining the Alliance (as an individual or on behalf of an organization) or receiving updates on the ALUS program in Ontario, please contact Joshua Wise, Ontario Nature’s Greenway program coordinator and ALUS Alliance coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on the ALUS projects within Ontario and across Canada please visit www.alus.ca.