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An open space in the forest with a view of a narrow creek going into the mountains

Biodiversity – Life in the Green Zone

We all rely on the tremendous variety of species, genes and ecosystems in our world.  Riparian areas, in particular, support high levels of natural biodiversity, and thus, provide substantial benefits to society.

Beaver: Pest or Protector of Water Resources?

We’ve given water lots of advice on the issue of water quantity, in the form of expensive dams and big reservoirs, but is that always the best solution? Have we overlooked a natural ally in our efforts to conserve and manage water? Maybe. Consider our Canadian icon, the beaver!

A Word About Water

It takes more than grass to make beef!  Water is also an important component to beef production.  Both water quantity and water quality affect livestock performance.  Research suggests that livestock perform better with cleaner water.

A Cows and Fish Story – Changing the World One Community at a Time

Two communities, a group of cottage owners on an ageing lake, and a herd of ranchers on a small foothills stream, seem poles apart, geographically, socially and economically.  Yet, there are some remarkable similarities.  These communities represent a new demographic in Alberta.  These people are starting to take charge of their landscape.  They are rebuilding, not just the health of their landscapes, but also the sense of their communities.

Riparian Areas

The ribbons of green found along rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are riparian areas.  What can you do to help sustain riparian areas in Alberta?

2011 to 2015 Highlights Summary: Westslope Cutthroat Trout Riparian Health Evaluation, Public Outreach and Habitat Improvement Initiative

Report #045. 2015.

2014 Riparian Health Inventory Project (Year 4) Westslope Cutthroat Trout Priority Streams

Report #044. 2014.

2013 Riparian Health Inventory Project (Year 3) Westslope Cutthroat Trout Priority Streams

Report #043. 2013.

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Oil painting of an aerial view of a riparian area