Alternative Land Use Services

ASAP: ALUS Saskatchewan Assiniboine Project


The photo above shows one of our current projects, funded through ASAP

The ALUS Saskatchewan Assiniboine Project (ASAP) is a partnership between the AWSA and ALUS Canada. ASAP uses the ALUS model to enhance, conserve, and protect natural habitat within our watershed

The ALUS vision: Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) has a simple, yet revolutionary goal… to create a healthy landscape that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians.

ASAP aims to provide producers an incentive to seed tame forages around their pothole wetlands as an alternative to struggling to drain those areas for crop. In doing this, producers are contributing to the conservation of those wetland ecosystems and are providing a means of achieving long-term carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction across the agricultural landscape.

ASAP’s strength lies in the producer friendly simplicity of the ALUS project model.

ALUS is a community-developed, farmer-delivered program that provides support to farmers and ranchers to enhance and maintain nature’s benefits.

Simply put, ASAP creates a cash value for the natural benefits a producer’s land provides. We fund the following project types annually:

  • $35/acre for cover cropping, intercropping, or relay cropping - NEW for 2022-

  • $20/acre for preservation of existing upland habitat (bush or grassland)

  • $20/acre for existing wetland habitat > 2 acres in size

  • $30/acre for existing wetland habitat < 2 acres in size

  • $50/acre for the conversion of marginal cropland to perennial forage cover

  • Exclusion fencing (fencing off lakes and waterways)

  • Solar watering systems

We are currently accepting expression of interests (EOIs) for 2023.

Please call 306-783-1696 for more information!

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