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Why are riparian areas valuable to agricultural producers, communities & society? Riparian areas provide:

Abundant forage and
improved opportunities for long-term sustainable farms, ranches & communities

A buffer and filter to improve and maintain water quality

A 'sponge' to hold water, improve forage production and provide a drinking supply

Shelter and habitat for livestock and wildlife

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, more commonly known as 'Cows and Fish':

Strives to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and value riparian areas.

We are available to help landowners, agricultural producers, stewardship groups and communities to:

  • Understand riparian area functions and values
  • Examine and monitor the health of their riparian areas
  • Evaluate and suggest management strategies

Digital Story of the Month

Title: I Want to Be Your Farmer

Description: Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre mixed-farm in the Killam area that is holistically and organically managed by Don & Marie Ruzicka. The Ruzicka’s believe if the land is managed well, it will reflect on the health of the plant communities, resulting in healthy, nutritious and great tasting meats. The Ruzicka’s feel that “stewardship,” when practiced in partnership with organic farming methods, goes a long way toward satisfying the concern for the environment.

Did You Know?

When given a choice, cattle will drink from a trough eight times out of ten, even if they have access to surface water.

If you have wetlands, creeks or rivers, consider an off-site watering system for your livestock to maintain the quality and supply of water.

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