Sandwiched between the Rat River and the St. Malo Canal, Martial land was highly susceptible to flooding during high water events. Flood water would remain on the field between 2-3 weeks. The result was Martial was losing a large portion of his crop every few years. In talking to Martial he thought that this land would be better off suited in perennial grass where it could act as a flood plain. While giving up productive land is a hard decision by receiving an annual payment and being able to harvest the grass made this decision much easier for Martial. While providing a benefit to himself Martial also sees the larger benefit to the community by seeing the environmental benefits like nutrient retention and erosion control.
Martial Gooselin ALUS Perennial Grass Project
- Captures nutrient run-off
- Erosion Reduction
- Carbon Capture
- Wildlife and pollinator habitat.
- Reduce costs for seed, fertilizer, etc
- Reduce nitrogen loss
- Income from grazing or baling
- Easier land management
- Mixture of lowland grasses is planted this helps stabilizes soil and capture nutrient runoff
- Grass is either cut and baled or flash grazed once a year for nutrient removal
- Removal of grass is done after mid-July to protect possible wildlife nesting sites found within the buffer.