ALUS Honored in Ontario
Posted on 01/27/2015
DELTA WATERFOWL’S Alternative Land Use Services program has earned the Minister’s Award for Environment Excellence in Ontario.
Recipients of the award are celebrated for collaborating with communities and local volunteers to restore wildlife habitat, conserve water and energy, and prevent pollutants and nutrients from entering the Great Lakes.
"We hope the examples we see today inspire others to be innovators in protecting our natural heritage,” said Glen Murray, Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change.
An incentive-based program, ALUS helps farmers and ranchers conserve and restore native habitats. Farmers are rewarded for land management practices that create productive agricultural systems and a healthy countryside.
ALUS found a foothold in Norfolk County, Ontario, in 2007. With the addition of three other pilot communities, ALUS has grown to encompass hundreds of farm families and thousands of acres across the province.
“Delta Waterfowl is grateful to have the hard work of ALUS honored in Ontario,” said Jonathan Scarth, Delta’s senior vice president of policy in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “This shows that landowners and communities are embracing the program, and opening the doors for ALUS to continue expanding across Canada.”
Across Canada, more than 250 farms are currently enrolled in ALUS to conserve wetlands, retain soils, provide habitat and increase vegetative cover along streams and rivers. For more information, visit alus.ca or deltawaterfowl.org.