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Posted on: October 17, 2018

Can ALUS Restore Riparian Areas?

Riparian (1)

You Be The Judge!

By Ken Lewis, Conservation Coordinator

A picture is worth a thousand words they say. If that’s the case, then a before and after picture is worth ten thousand words.

When a farmer or rancher does an ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) project, we try to get pictures taken, that show what the area looks like before the project happens. Then, after a few years pass, we go back to the same place (thanks to GPS) and take the same picture again.

This is basically “photo monitoring”…something anyone can do any time. It provides a great record about the impacts that a change in management can have.

We’re starting to see some amazing things in our photo monitoring of ALUS Projects. Here’s a couple examples. Arrows have been placed to draw your eye to a spot that shows the two photos are in the same location.

To find out how you can do ALUS projects on your place, please contact me any time at 403.505.9038 or klewis@rdcounty.ca. Remember, an ALUS Project could be anything that helps you produce increased ecosystem / environmental services from your land. With ALUS, you can get up to 85 per cent of costs covered, AND you can get up to $40 per acre per year, for the acres involved.

Example 1: Projects: Alternative Water and Riparian Management Fencing of a wetland.
Example 1: Before
Example 1 BeforeExample 1: After
Example 1 After
Example 2. Projects: Alternative Water and Riparian Management Fencing of a creek.
Example 2: BeforeExample 2 Before

Example 2: After

Example 2 After


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