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ALUS Little Saskatchewan River program co-ordinator Colleen Cuvelier (left), and ALUS Canada’s Prairie hub manager, Paige Englot (right), on an ALUS project site in Manitoba.

Room to GROW

Monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects, like those funded under the GROW Trust, have typically been underdeveloped, experts say

Manitoba has a chance to set a precedent with the way it monitors outcomes from the GROW Trust, says Lara Ellis, ALUS Canada’s senior vice-president of policy and partnerships. Monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects like those under the GROW Trust have “never been that developed,” Ellis said. The first three projects under the GROW

Peter Galawan (far left), poses with family members and MHHC staff pose with a cairn honouring Galawan for his donation. Left to right: Peter Galawan, Debbie McDowell (niece of Peter), Carol Graham (MHHC habitat conservation specialist), Ernest DeLaRonde (nephew of Peter), Gary Galawan (nephew of Peter) and Curtis Hullick (MHHC field manager).

Oak Lake local honoured for land donation for wildlife

Grassland property will serve as permanent wildlife habitat

Oak Lake local Peter Galawan was honoured for his donation of property to the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation on September 20. In 2017, Galawan donated a quarter section of land in the grassland flats of the Arrow Hills, according to a news release from MHHC. It contains Bailey’s Creek, a tributary of the Assiniboine River.


The 160-acre plot northeast of Virden has never been broken and for the most part, kept completely intact.

Rare native prairie to continue in perpetuity

Galawan land donation ensures that habitat will be protected for some species at risk

The New Oxford Dictionary defines ‘gem’ as a person or thing considered to be outstandingly good or special in some respect. By this definition, the quarter section of native prairie grassland formerly owned by mixed grain and cattle producer Peter Galawan of Lenore can undoubtedly be described as a gem. The 160-acre plot northeast of

Opinion: Celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2 is a day to remember the vital ecological importance of these distinct ecosystems

February 2, 2019, is World Wetlands Day celebrating the signing of the Ramsar Convention in Iran in 1971 where the purpose was to recognize the importance of wetlands to society. So what’s the big deal about wetlands? To start, we know that wetlands are considered to be a vital part of the Manitoba prairie landscape.

Part of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan, the $102-million Conservation Trust will fund activities that create, conserve, or enhance natural infrastructure in Manitoba.

A watershed moment — province funds Conservation Trust

When fully capitalized, the fund is expected to generate about $5 million a year for projects and environmental goods and services

The ink is now dry on Manitoba’s new Conservation Trust agreement, and groups looking to it to support new programs with it should submit letters of intent by January 15. The province signed its agreement December 11, putting in an initial $28-million contribution this month, towards making the $102-million trust it announced in last spring’s


Balancing the needs of livestock producers on grazing lands and protecting species at risk don’t have to be competing goals.

What does bird-friendly grazing look like?

Is twice-over grazing the way to go on a SARPAL-committed pasture? The system shows promise, but providers say ideal grazing system may depend on the operation

Cattle producers looking for bird-friendly grazing need to look past the usual metrics like pounds per acre, soil carbon and forage yield. But just what the right system is will depend a lot on the variables of each operation. “We shy away from recommending a specific type,” Carol Graham, habitat conservation specialist with the Manitoba

Local ALUS co-ordinator and conservation district manager, Colleen Cuvelier, explains one of several perennial forage projects ALUS is funding in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District during a July 2018 field tour.

ALUS gains steam in western Manitoba

ALUS returned to its roots in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District in 2014, and producers are buying in

A multi-province program that promises to pay landowners for conservation practices is attracting so much interest in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District that providers say they can’t meet the demand. District manager and local ALUS co-ordinator, Colleen Cuvelier said program co-ordinators couldn’t accommodate all the proposals this year, estimating another 100-200 acres could have

Beef sector recognized for environmental stewardship

Association of Manitoba Community Pastures receives a 2017 Manitoba Excellence Award for Sustainability in Water and Natural Area Stewardship while Manitoba Beef Producers honoured for its work protecting grassland birds

Manitoba’s cattle sector has received substantial recognition for environmental stewardship this month. Sustainability awards were presented by the province of Manitoba to both Association of Manitoba Community Pastures (AMCP) and Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP). The AMCP received a 2017 Manitoba Excellence Award for Sustainability in Water and Natural Area Stewardship while an honourable mention in


Editorial: Go ask ALUS

It’s long been a dream of Manitoba farmers for an ecological goods and services program that would pay them for providing environmental benefits for the good of society at large. The concept was first proposed by former KAP president Ian Wishart, now provincial minister of education and training, under the moniker ALUS or Alternative Land

A new government program could help compensate farmers for their work protecting 
environmental features like wetlands and riparian areas.

Manitoba budget contains multimillion-dollar conservation trust

There’s great potential for the trust to help farmers help the environment, says KAP

A $102-million conservation trust fund announced in the Manitoba government’s March 12 budget could help compensate farmers for protecting the environment, says Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier. “That’s how I see the fund being used, but I’m not certain if all of it will be,” Mazier said from his farm near Justice, Man., in