Our Team


Eric Werhand (left) and Lance Bigelow (right) review plans on site


Lance Bigelow received a B.S. in Agronomy-Plant Protection Option from Montana State University, Bozeman.  He has more than twenty years of extensive knowledge dealing with both riparian and upland environments.  During this time period, he has been involved with projects in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Virginia, California, New York, Washington, and New Mexico.  Lance specializes in the successful enhancement of rivers and streams by manipulating the natural streambed and incorporating restoration techniques and habitat enhancements that consistently improve the riparian ecosystem while also improving recreational opportunities.  He has been involved with many “soft” engineered river and stream bank restoration projects that involve slope reconstruction, slope stabilization techniques, and rehabilitation of sites degraded by historic land use practices.  Specific enhancement, re-vegetation, and stabilization techniques include terraced bank construction, introduction of woody debris and rock/boulders for bank stabilization, creation of invertebrate and fish habitat, installation of in-stream boulder structures, introduction of native vegetation to improve stability and plant community diversity, application of hydraulic mulches, and installation of temporary irrigation systems to re-establish vegetation on restored areas.  He is also involved with creation, enhancement, and construction of ponds, wetlands, and lake ecosystems.  Lance is our most experienced partner, working in design, sales, permitting, agency liaison, job costing, and construction supervision of both river restoration and pond projects.  He and his wife Debi reside in Bozeman, Montana, site of Trout Scapes headquarters.  To reach Lance:  lbigelow@troutscapes.com or (406) 209-1357.

Eric  Werhand received his Fish and Wildlife Management degree from Montana State University in 2003.  Within the past 12 years in the environmental consulting field he has participated in all phases of stream restoration, fishery enhancement, and pond construction projects.  This experience has led to wide-ranging knowledge of project design, site surveying, permit acquisition, project budgeting, construction oversight, and site reclamation.  These projects have encompassed a diversity of habitats from the freestone rivers of the Intermountain West to native Brook Trout rivers along the East Coast.

Striving to incorporate natural elements found in any healthy river channel, Eric is Trout Scape’s primary project designer.  His ability to “read” water and to design riffles, runs and pools that accentuate the river’s natural sinuosity is what leads to a successful restoration and enhancement project.  He is also Trout Scapes’ Technical Service Provider (TSP-16-21605) to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Eric lives in Livingston, MT with his fiance, Jacquelyn.  To reach Eric:  ewerhand@troutscapes.com or (406) 580-9482.

Brian Cowden has a degree in Political Science from Ithaca College in upstate NY.  His love of fishing and hunting led him to learn about conservation issues and habitat restoration through both his volunteer and staff work with the leading coldwater conservation organization, Trout Unlimited, as well as attending various workshops and learning from his extensive networking connections.  He has been awarded several times for his work in conservation including the President’s Coastal America Award along with partners in the Lower Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership for restoration of anadromous fish passage and habitat through obsolete dam removals and channel restoration as well as the Conservationist of the Year (George P. Howard Award) by the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and a National Youth Education Leadership Award from Trout Unlimited for his work with Trout In the Classroom in New Jersey, starting the program and growing it to over 100 schools statewide.

Brian comes to Trout Scapes after being the V.P. of Sales & Marketing for a Montana based river restoration firm.  Prior to that role, Brian worked at Trout Unlimited where he was on Eastern Conservation Staff for seven years as the Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative Coordinator, working to restore and protect a major Wild & Scenic tributary to the Delaware River.  That work included restoring degraded river channels and banks on the mainstem and tributaries, removing obsolete dams, and working on critical lands protection for the “Musky” River in northwestern New Jersey where he lives with his wife, Maggie, and their daughter, Sarah.  To reach Brian:  bcowden@troutscapes.com or (201) 230-3383.

Brian Cowden is the Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. Cowden wades into a back channel of the Musconetcong River in Mount Olive in waders to assess the change in the river after record flooding. 9/9/11 STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/BOB KARP 2011
Brian Cowden


Our operators are all highly experienced in their field.  Trout Scapes is both a design and build firm, and our operators ensure our work is second to none.