Lac Ste. Anne County is looking for agricultural producers to participate in our Alternative Land Use Services Program which helps sustain agriculture, wildlife, and natural spaces for the benefit of both landowners and the environment. The ALUS program is voluntary and available to residents who are actively using their land for agricultural production. It is not available for acreage owners who aren’t actively producing off their landscape.
We are looking for agricultural producers whose farms will benefit from one or more of the following project types:
- Riparian area enhancements and expansions
- Wetland restoration, creation & enhancement
- fencing around water bodies
- Multi-row shelterbelts/reforestation
- Watering systems
- Nesting structures
- Native prairie establishment
- Pollinator habitat
Our priority is taking marginal, unproductive, inefficient, or environmentally sensitive lands out of agricultural production and putting them into the production of environmental goods and services. Some examples of land suitable for ALUS projects include:
- Riparian areas along watercourses
- Steeply sloped crop land
- Low wet field areas and wetlands
- Highly erodible fields
- Small fields that are not able to efficiently handle farming equipment
Why Participate in ALUS?
ALUS is a voluntary program dedicated to helping you establish your environmental visions for your property. ALUS provides a monetary incentive to eligible landowners for establishing these stewardship projects on their property.
The ALUS annual payments are based on acres taken out of production and are a recognition that implementing stewardship activities costs landowners money. Because the benefits provided, such as clearer water and air, benefit society as a whole we believe landowners should be compensated for some of the costs.
ALUS helps producers in three ways:
- By working with producers to identify stewardship opportunities on their farms, and helping them throughout the ALUS process.
- By sharing establishment costs (for materials and labour) with the land owner or manager.
- By providing an annual payment, based on competitive local land rental rates, for land that is taken out of production.