Waterfowl Habitat Creation and Restoration Through ALUS Saskatchewan, 2015-16
Goals and Objectives
Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Saskatchewan has been delivering farmer driven conservation projects since it launched as a partnership between Delta Waterfowl, Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) in December of 2011. Currently, ALUS Saskatchewan delivers EG&S opportunities to four rural municipalities east of Regina and a new location in the Yorkton area. By working collaboratively with these organizations, communities and the agricultural producers, they will strive to enhance and conserve 135 acres of wetland and 165 acres of upland habitat. ALUS will also work with producers to install 30 Hen Houses, the most cost effective tool they have in enhancing mallard productivity.
The goal of this project is to:
- Expand ALUS in the Regina, SK area and work closely with the local watershed group to deliver projects
- Continue to raise awareness in the ALUS community through involvement with the stakeholders and the public
- Build and install 30 Hen Houses within the ALUS Saskatchewan community
Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions
Communication and outreach activities for establishing conservation agreements will be supported by WHC’s contribution as will the construction and installation of hen houses. These restoration, enhancement, and conservation projects will secure sensitive wetlands, grasslands and riparian areas on a 5-10 year period on a total of 300 acres.
Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife
ALUS Saskatchewan is pursuing restoration and enhancement projects within the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture region. In addition, the WHC funding would contribute to the implementation of 30-50 hen house structures, which is an efficient tool for producing incremental ducks. This area, being a key breeding ground for many of North America’s duck species, is important to target.
It has long been recognized that agriculture has a significant impact on wetlands and wildlife habitat. ALUS recognizes the importance of working with producers and landowners to reduce and even reverse wetland losses in the prairie pothole region. ALUS provides both technical and financial support for farmers to achieve these conservation goals on private land.
Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management
ALUS Saskatchewan will have a direct impact on wetland habitat through conservation, restoration and enhancement of wetland projects and waterfowl breeding habitat on private lands. The concept of rewarding the private landowner for these conservation efforts and providing an incentive for removing marginal land from production can be a small step to encouraging producers to create a farm plan that incorporates wildlife habitat for the community as a whole to enjoy. Indirectly, the outreach and communication efforts of ALUS through farm tours, workshops and public speaking opportunities can be a powerful tool for educating the public and expanding ALUS’ conservation initiatives. There is a second community that is on the verge of embracing ALUS in eastern Saskatchewan as a result of such indirect efforts from past years.
The Prairie Pothole Region of Saskatchewan
For more information on this project, please contact Jennifer Lockert, ALUS Saskatchewan Project Co-ordinator, Regina, SK.