September 21, 2022 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and its partners invite farmers in the Region of Peel to attend the official launch of the ALUS Peel Pilot on Wednesday, September 28 at Caledon Valley Estates Barn starting at 10:30 am.
The new pilot, delivered in partnership between CVC, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Region of Peel and ALUS, expands the existing Peel Rural Water Quality Program to provide Peel farmers with annual payments up to $150 per acre to enhance, protect and monitor nature on their lands.
“We are excited to officially launch the ALUS Peel Pilot,” says Holly Shipclark, Coordinator, Agricultural Extension at Credit Valley Conservation. “Peel farmers have a long-standing history of working with the Region and local conservation authorities through the Peel Rural Water Quality Program and they can now receive compensation for the work they do to protect and enhance natural spaces on their farms.”
Attendees will learn how ALUS is working to bring agriculture and nature together across Canada and how Peel farmers are taking action to improve soil and water quality, increase carbon sequestration and build wildlife habitat on their farms with support from this new program. The event also includes a free lunch with locally sourced ingredients and a walking tour of an ALUS tree planting project.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
About the Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe, and connected Community for Life, for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.
About the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
With more than 60 years of experience, TRCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides. More than five million people live within TRCA-managed watersheds, and many others work in and visit destinations across the jurisdiction. These nine watersheds, plus their collective Lake Ontario waterfront shorelines, span six upper-tier and 15 lower-tier municipalities. Some of Canada’s largest and fastest growing municipalities, including Toronto, Markham and Vaughan, are located entirely within TRCA’s jurisdiction. To learn more about TRCA, visit trca.ca.
ALUS (originally an acronym for Alternative Land Use Services) is a charitable organization that sustains agriculture and biodiversity for the benefit of communities and future generations. ALUS provides direct financial and technical support to a network of more than a thousand farmers and ranchers who deliver ecosystem services in more than 30 communities across Canada, such as cleaner air, cleaner water, carbon sequestration, erosion control, flood mitigation, pollinator support and wildlife habitat. Contact us for more information.
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