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What is Cows and Fish?

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, also known as "Cows and Fish", is a non-profit society striving 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.

Our Mission:

To promote the improvement of riparian areas, their ecological processes and functions, through a collaborative partnership and voluntary, proactive community-based action that uses education and awareness about management options for producers, other landowners and their communities.

Our Objectives:

  • to promote an understanding of riparian health and function
  • to communicate the benefits of good riparian management
  • to promote proactive voluntary solutions to riparian area conflicts
  • to demonstrate value of cooperative, interdisciplinary and community efforts in resolving resource conflicts and addressing management challenges
  • to improve the overall productivity and health of Alberta's landscapes and communities


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

  • Understand riparian area functions and values
  • Access technical advice and educational materials
  • Examine and monitor the health of their riparian areas
  • Evaluate and suggest management strategies

How is the Cows and Fish program valuable to landowners and communities?

  • Work with landowners & communities on riparian health and management
  • Provide an opportunity to help landowners and communities present a proactive approach as good stewards of the land
  • Assist in building community-based and producer driven groups to address local riparian issues
  • Provide technical assistance on riparian management and health assessment
  • Provide better information so landowners and communities can make informed decisions

What if you don't have any cows or fish?

No problem! Cows and Fish is more than just about cows and fish; we are about promoting the understanding and appreciation of riparian areas along rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands for landowners, resource managers, youth and the general public. This landscape is important to all of us, whether we are urban or rural, ranchers, farmers, lakefront residents, anglers, or downstream water drinkers.

Want more information?

Cows and Fish:  Setting Our Direction 2011 to 2015 

Our new strategic plan provides more information on our current direction and vision. 

 
 
 
 
   
 
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