GROWING THE ALUS PROGRAM
The Alternative Land Use Services program (ALUS) is
flourishing! ALUS is a unique program that assists and
recognizes farmers who are restoring their land and
converting select parcels of farmland into habitat for
wildlife. Ontario Nature is part of the ALUS Alliance,
a diverse group of more than 40 individuals and organizations
in Ontario that promotes ALUS throughout
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Together we have already established the program
in Norfolk, Elgin, Grey and Bruce counties, as well
as the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and
Glengarry. Over the past year, Ontario Nature has
helped grow the ALUS program into Peterborough
and Lambton counties.
Now farmers and ranchers in these communities can
participate in this innovative program showing that
when farmers and conservationists work together,
both agriculture and nature benefit. We look forward to
expanding the program into new communities during
the coming year.
ALUS Grey-Bruce demonstration project
FOREVER PROTECTED – THE
SYDENHAM RIVER NATURE RESERVE
We are thrilled to have added the Sydenham River
Nature Reserve as the 25th protected area in our
province-wide network of nature reserves! Twenty-
three species at risk call the Sydenham River home.
This critical natural area is also home to 34 species
of mussel, 11 of which are listed as at risk provincially
or nationally, for which the Sydenham River has been
deemed the mussel capital of Canada.
This acquisition was made possible thanks to Ontario
Nature members and member groups, the local community,
foundations, corporate supporters, other conservation
partners and caring individuals who stood
with us to make sure this land was protected forever.
The Sydenham River Nature Reserve is now open to
visitors. Thank you for making this reserve a reality!
Sydenham River Nature Reserve
More than 400 volunteers planted 2,500 plants and trees across the province.
Annual Report 2016 – 2017