The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority are partnering to deliver the ALUS Lanark program, an agricultural stewardship program aimed at creating, restoring, enhancing, managing, and maintaining ecosystem services on agricultural land. Delivered within the boundary of Lanark County, ALUS Lanark is made possible with the financial support of ALUS Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
ALUS Lanark is a community-based and farmer-delivered program that provides technical and financial support to farmers, as well as annual payments to ensure the ongoing stewardship of ecosystem services on their land.
Projects supported will depend on available funding each year. Projects should be on marginal, ecologically sensitive, or inaccessible land, and may include:
- Wetland creation, enhancement, or restoration
- Reforestation, windbreaks, shelterbelts, and buffers
- Grassland restoration
- Pollinator habitat and wildlife food plots
- Delayed cut and delayed grazing
- Erosion control and livestock exclusion
- Habitat structures
- Other ecologically beneficial projects
To be eligible:
- Projects must be within Lanark County.
- Landowners must have a valid Farm Business Registration Number.
- Projects will not replace existing habitat with a new habitat type.
- Projects will not remove more than 20% of land from a farming operation.