ALUS Middlesex Program launched

Medway Creek is an important spawning destination for many species that travel from Lake St. Clair

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On September 18, ALUS Middlesex invited local farmers and organizations to celebrate bringing the ALUS program to Middlesex County. Attendees enjoyed appetizers before Steve Bradish (Chair, ALUS Middlesex) and Program Coordinator Peter Moddle shared information on ALUS Middlesex, and publicly launched their program at the Sunningdale Golf Course in London.

Active in six provinces across Canada, the ALUS program helps landowners develop and support environmental projects on their farms that are best suited to local needs and priorities. Participants receive annual, per-acre payments for the management and maintenance of ALUS projects on select parcels of marginal or uneconomic land on their farms – these ALUS projects typically involve re-establishing and enhancing grasslands, wetlands and woodlands.

In 2017 a Partnership Advisory Committee made up of local farmers came together to start the ALUS Middlesex program; developing local priorities and establishing a few projects on demonstration farms. Now the program is ready to launch and work with farmers from across Middlesex County.

“We look forward to working with farmers in Middlesex County to help establish projects that address erosion like riparian and drain buffers, wetlands and grasslands,” said Peter Moddle. One area of focus is the Medway Creek sub-watershed, Medway Creek is an important spawning destination for many species that travel from Lake St. Clair, such as the Walleye. “There is funding still available for this year, if you’re a farmer in the Medway Creek sub-watershed, I’d love to hear from you, I think by working together we can really improve the health of the area” Moddle said.

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