Delta Waterfowl Applauds Manitoba’s New ‘GROW’ Program
A key component of the province’s conservation plan is based on Delta’s Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) model; Will benefit wetlands, waterfowl and wildlife
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — A keystone priority of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan announced today by Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires is a program called “GROW,” which stands for “Growing Outcomes for Watersheds.”
The 64-page plan contains 16 keystones, including “Wetlands and Watersheds.” In detailing the province’s vision for GROW, the plan states, “Manitoba will implement a Made-in-Manitoba ecological goods and services program called GROW, based on the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) model.”
Delta Waterfowl and the Keystone Agricultural Producers launched ALUS in the late 1990s as a voluntary, incentive-based program working with farmers and ranchers as a new approach to conserve wetlands and nesting habitat in Canada. Early ALUS work included building grassroots support amongst producers and rural communities as a new way to do conservation on private lands. Additionally, a pilot project in the Rural Municipality of Blanshard (in Manitoba’s pothole country) highlighted the potential for ALUS.
“Delta Waterfowl is most appreciative of the Government of Manitoba’s commitment today to the GROW program,” said Dr. Scott Petrie, chief executive officer of Delta Waterfowl. “Today’s announcement is an incredible step in creating new and innovative ways to conserve Manitoba’s wetland resources that provide irreplaceable habitat values for breeding ducks and other wildlife, while also providing the critical public needs of clean water and water storage. We look forward to working with the Government and the farmers and ranchers of Manitoba to see GROW through to its fullest potential.”
The historic loss of wetland habitat has long been a concern for Delta and duck hunters. Small wetlands are the irreplaceable engine that drives continental duck populations. Delta’s formative work on ALUS, under the leadership of then President Jonathan Scarth, recognized new tools would be needed to conserve critical small wetlands necessary to support large fall flights of ducks. Today’s announcement is a validation of the ALUS model as a large-scale mechanism to conserve wetlands, and it’s a testament to the commitment Delta supporters have shown for ALUS.
“The launch of GROW in Manitoba is a historic moment for wetland conservation in Canada,” Petrie said. “Implementing this landmark program on a province-wide scale is a big win for farmers, wetlands, ducks and duck hunters.”
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