Farmland Advantage works with farmers to enhance natural values on their land through a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) model. These natural values, or ‘Ecosystem services’, are the benefits that a natural environment provides to people. They are services that cannot be easily bought or sold but have great value to us all. Natural areas that provide ecosystem services include wetlands that purify water, rivers that support healthy salmon populations, grasslands that act as carbon sinks, and forests that clean the air and provide habitat for healthy wildlife populations.
Farmland Advantage helps farmers identify the natural values on a farm that can be protected, restored, and enhanced and develops recommendations and plans to preserve them. These plans may include establishing stream setbacks, building strategic fencing, undertaking reforestation, implementing rotational grazing practices on rangeland, thinning and pruning tree stands, or removing debris to reduce wildfire fuels. Once a site is selected and assessed, the prescribed work is completed by Farmland Advantage in partnership with producers and in some cases, restoration partners.
Farmland Advantage provides an annual compensation to farmers based on successful implementation of the project, and ongoing upkeep.