Project Profile -
Hering Farms Inc.
Justin Melo, ALUS-WUQWATR Coordinator
The Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR) has been working with Ryan Hering, of Hering Farms Inc., to complete environmental stewardship projects on his land for almost 5 years now. Ryan, along with his mother and father, have been farming in the Bruno, Saskatchewan area for over 40 years, having the land in their family since 1979. He has a total of approximately 250 acres enrolled in the ALUS-WUQWATR program, initiating his most recent project just this year.
Ryan began his first ALUS project back in 2016 where he established new upland areas and enhanced wetlands, riparian areas and waterways. After seeing the benefits of the project on his landscape, he initiated another project in 2020 where he seeded saline areas to permanent forage to help with soil erosion and weed control, improving the overall resilience of his landscape. In addition, he is hopeful that with this new permanent forage cover, he will continue to see an increase in biodiversity throughout his land.
Hear more about the program benefits from Ryan himself: “The first thing that attracted me to ALUS was the flexible terms. It isn’t a long-term binding contract which helps with changing plans down the road and it could be combined with the Canadian Agricultural Partnership as well. ALUS was of interest to me as I am trying to sequester carbon and take care of the soil; working with nature not fighting it. I even started noticing more wildlife, like mule deer, rabbits and coyotes, over the last few years in areas where my ALUS projects are located.”
We love being able to help farmers and ranchers throughout our watershed combine their successful agricultural businesses with environmental stewardship projects, giving back to the community even more than before! ALUS-WUQWATR works with participants to produce valuable ecological goods and services on or adjacent to marginal or environmentally sensitive agricultural land and provides per-acre annual payments to recognize a participant’s dedication to maintaining their projects. If you are interested in initiating an ALUS project and are in our watershed, please feel free to reach out to ALUS Coordinator Justine Melo, email@example.com (306-552-3560), and she would be happy to help you enhance the benefits of nature on your working landscape!
Photo Credit: Paige Englot, ALUS Hub Manager, Prairie Region