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1 By: Dave Reid & Bryan Gilvesy Thursday, January 31, 2008 Manvers Community Centre Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians Alternative Land.

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1 1 By: Dave Reid & Bryan Gilvesy Thursday, January 31, 2008 Manvers Community Centre Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) In Norfolk County

2 2 Outline 1.What is ALUS? Status of the Norfolk County ALUS pilot proposal and actions to date by Dave Reid, Stewardship Coordinator, NLSC 2.Perspective of Bryan Gilvesy re: his ALUS Demonstration Farm, the Environment and Sustainable Food Production Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians

3 3 Proposed national policy for Canada Similar to US Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and European multi- functionality program Test concept via pilots – eg. Norfolk County, MB, PEI, SK, AB and ? What is ALUS? (see brochure)

4 4 Reward farmers via incentives (annual payments, property tax reductions, extension assistance, shared start up costs) to deliver ecological services to society Landscape impact; Developed/delivered by farmers and the farm community;

5 5 Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians

6 6 Jan 16/02 Ian Wishart & Bob Bailey present ALUS concept @ OS meeting March /02 NFA endorse pursuing pilot Organizing committee 6x meetings in 2002 $260 thousand expended to date (pre- pilot) originating from 24 partners … this funded actions to date March 4 & 5/03 Evaluation workshop Jan 31/04 Norfolk ALUS pilot proposal completed Fund raising for County wide pilot started in spring 2006 History of Norfolk ALUS Pilot Proposal

7 7 Operating Principles (see brochure) Voluntary – farmers chose to participate Capping – enrol up to 20% of farmed land Integrated – link to EFP & existing programs Flexible – 9-year agreement; 3-year intervals Targeted – focus on fragile or marginal lands Accountable – audit to ensure “bang for buck” Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians

8 8 Incentives Annual payment based on land area and varying from $10 - $150/ac/yr depending upon specific service and extent of continued farm use of affected area Share start up costs 50 – 75% while capitalizing on existing incentive programs Extension assistance on farm Property tax rebate Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians

9 9 Evaluation & Research This is a pilot to test the ALUS concept We don’t have all the answers University of Guelph involvement Two primary objectives: 1.Assess our community’s capacity to manage & deliver EG&S, and; 2.Can we successfully integrate existing programs via collaborative community structure? Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians

10 10 Partnership Advisory Committee formed in fall 2004 … 3x Norfolk farmers, 1x County councillor, 1x Delta Waterfowl VP, 1x Long Point Foundation chair and NLSC coordinator form the core group and have met 22x to administer and manage the Norfolk pilot … guests from OMAFRA, Agricorp, MNR, OFA, LPRCA and AAFC have provided input. Pre-Pilot Actions to Date

11 11 Benchmark Survey (6,200 mailed) in 2005 yielded 731 returns from farmers, rural non- farmers and town folk re: opinions on the current state of social, economic and environmental conditions in Norfolk County … results published July 18, 2006 and available @ NLSC website … www.ontariostewardship.org/norfolk

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13 13 ALUS Demonstration Watershed being developed to restore riparian buffers on 5x municipal drains in South Creek watershed … involves potentially 30x farmers … aim to increase % channel buffered from 30% to 75%; 26 of 30 priority sites identified by MNR through GIS now have minimum 4 m. vegetated buffers … all landowners approached through farmer-to-farmer liaison … all chose the ALUS type annual payment of $150/ac/yr over 3-year agreement … this raised extent of creek length buffered from 36.4% to 71.1% affecting ~25 acres for a 3-year cost of $11,126

14 14 4x ALUS Demonstration Farms established to show the public, interested farmers and potential investors the merits of the concept.

15 15 Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians Committed Funds ($954,800) $15,000 National Wild Turkey Federation $75,000 Metcalf Foundation $25,000 Norfolk Land Steward. Council $56,000 Wetland Drain Restoration $2,000 Ont. Fed. of Anglers & Hunters Zone J $2,000 Ruffed Grouse Society $5,000 Long Point Region C.A. $216,500 Ontario Trillium Foundation $10,000 OFAH Fish & Wildlife Fund $10,000 Ohio Duck Stamp Cash Commitments to Norfolk ALUS Pilot $104,440 Ministry of Natural Resources $105,000 Canada Ontario Agreement $120,000 Delta Waterfowl Foundation $96,000 CanAdvance via Agricultural Adaptation Council $112,860 Ontario Power Generation Tentative Funds ($2,000+) $?????? OMAFRA Drainage Act $?????? Participating Farmers $2,000 Ruffed Grouse Society

16 16 Farmers Growing a Better Environment for Canadians ALUS Project Coordinator hired in August of 2007 Revised/scaled back pilot launched Sept. 20/07 … 3x field seasons and final report on test due March 31, 2011 Winter workshops for farmers (Nov. 28/07; Dec. 5/07; Jan. 9/08) … distribute Expressions of Interest applications … 24x received to date and more expected Establish several additional ALUS demonstration farms and many other demonstration sites Site visits by farmer liaison and extension staff ongoing Use GIS technology and farmer to farmer approach to target priority sites requiring restoration on Patterson Creek (6,056 ha; 13,355 ac.) Continue to fund raise for County wide implementation OUR WAY FORWARD

17 17 Patterson Creek Buffer Restoration 6,056 ha sub-watershed 13,353 acres 25% forest cover 51% of creek length buffered 79 sites needing buffers

18 18 ALUS Demonstration Farm Perspective By Bryan Gilvesy Proprietor of YU Ranch

19 19 1.8 acre prairie grass pasture 2.Fencing to protect adjacent woodlands 3.400’ switchgrass hedge 4.100 acre Carolinian woodland 5 a – b Bluebird nesting box trail 6 a solar pump alternative livestock watering 6 b waterfowl nesting structures (2x henhouses) 6 c bottom draw conversion of on stream dam for coldwater outflow

20 20 Creek crossing to be fenced Convert to bottom draw Remote pasture now watered Solar panel & intake

21 21 Cattle enjoy pasture after mid-July ‘06 Prairie after only 4 months Prescribed burn spring ‘06 Cattle return to prairie after watering

22 22 We're going the distance so We're going the distance so

23 23 The Tale’s End! ALUS is a landscape approach to nurture environmental services (EG&S) from private farmed land … “Farmers are the original stewards of the land and this is the foundation upon which ALUS is built” says Bauke Vogelzang, past-president, Norfolk Federation of Agriculture and senior member of our ALUS committee.


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