Alternative Land Use Services

ALUS is a community-developed, farmer-delivered program that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians, one acre at a time.
 
As the largest single group of landowners in Canada, agricultural producers are in a unique position to provide important solutions to some of the most pressing conservation challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss.
 
Active in six provinces to date, the ALUS program provides a financial incentive for producing valuable ecological services on Canadian farmland.
 

ALUS applications are always welcome by completing an Expression of Interest form.  For more information, contact Agricultural Services at 780-542-7777 or email us at: .

How Does ALUS Help?

Ecological services generated through ALUS projects include clean air, clean water, flood mitigation, climate adaptation, carbon sequestration, species at risk habitat and support for our native bees and pollinators.

Specifically, ALUS helps farmers and ranchers restore wetlands, reforest, plant windbreaks, install riparian buffers, manage sustainable drainage systems, create pollinator habitat and establish other ecologically beneficial projects on their properties.

What’s more, ALUS provides annual payments to ensure the ongoing stewardship of each ALUS project.

Based on sound scientific principles and verification guidelines, ALUS provides valuable support and technical expertise for the design and implementation of each green infrastructure project.

In this way, ALUS turns marginal farmland into healthy ecosystems, linking Canada’s natural heritage across agricultural lands.

Thanks to dedicated supporters, ALUS Canada is rapidly expanding into many new communities across the country.

For many years, ALUS has been building excellent relationships within agricultural communities while perfecting its unique mechanism for delivering conservation outcomes from Canada’s rural acres.

And now, ALUS is building new markets for these acres of ecological services. Through ALUS, citizens, corporations and philanthropists can invest directly in Canadian environmental stewardship, one acre at a time.

 

Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC)

The local ALUS Coordinator and a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) manage each ALUS program. The PAC, which is made up of agricultural producers and such local stakeholders as municipalities, conservation groups, farm associations and government agencies, determines how the local ALUS program will be run, within the framework of ALUS's principles and guidelines.

Left to right: 

Back Row – Henry Hughes, Area Producer, Bart Guyon, Reeve & Vice-Chairperson

Middle Row – Cody Claypool, Area Producer, Nancy Chambers, ALUS Coordinator, Dawnia McCann, Manager of Agricultural Services, Christine Campbell, ALUS Senior Hub Manager, Darren Bruhjell, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Front Row – Art Goerzen, Area Producer & Chairperson, Jeff Bundt, Area Producer, Amber Kynoch, Assistant Ag Fieldman, Courtney Smith, Area Producer

Missing – Mary Ellen Shain, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Tonya Lwiwski, Cows & Fish, Jessica Rogerson, West-Central Forage Association

 

The 2021/2022 PAC is comprised of:

Five local producers:

  • Jeff Bundt
  • Cody Claypool
  • Art Goerzen
  • Henry Hughes
  • Courtney Smith

Representatives from 4 external agencies:

  • North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
  • Cows & Fish
  • Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • West-Central Forage Association

Council:

  • Reeve Bart Guyon

Administration:

  • Dawnia McCann, Manager of Agricultural Services
  • Nancy Chambers,  ALUS Coordinator

The function of the PAC is to review and approve potential projects.  Potential projects should meet specific criteria, as established by the Brazeau County ALUS PAC.  For projects to be considered by the PAC, projects should:

  1. Be submitted by an agricultural producer with a registered or legally defined farming operation, eligible for farm tax status in Alberta; and
  2. Have agricultural activity occurring on marginal or environmentally sensitive portions of the lands that are being considered for enrollment in ALUS; and
  3. Be located on less than 20% of the titled and/or leased land within Brazeau County, managed by the producer.

Please be advised there is the ability for the PAC to modify the eligibility requirements in certain circumstances.  If you are not certain if your project qualifies, please contact the ALUS Program Coordinator to discuss!

 

ALUS Brazeau Contact

Nancy Chambers

Brazeau County ALUS Program Coordinator

Box 77, 7401 Twp Rd 494

Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1R1

ALUS@brazeau.ab.ca

Phone: 780-542-7777

 

ALUS Canada