Restore the Shore 2010-11 Challenge was successfully launched at the Lake Vernon Association Annual General Meeting on Saturday September 4, 2010. Nine families/organizations immediately signed up for the Challenge at the meeting!
The objective of the initiative is to encourage and acknowledgewaterfront owners who: 1. preserve existing natural shorelines, 2. naturalize areas by leaving zones to regenerate naturally, 3. enhance their shorelines by planting native species and removing non-native species, or those who 4. restore cleared areas to their natural state.
Natural shorelines have benefits.
·Less grass to mow
·Geese will not cross a natural barrier
·Enhances water quality (by reducing the amount of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides that enter the lake)
·Prevents soil erosion
·Preserves fish spawning sites
·Trees & shrubs prevent water from overheating
·Provides cover for small fish and aquatic organisms
·Beautifies Lake perimeter
The Muskoka Heritage Council advises: “to return to or maintain a natural shoreline, it is important to remember to encourage diversity. The rule of thumb is to attempt to mimic Mother Nature.”
Robert Allen from Northway Gardiners attended the Annual General Meeting to educate and inform members about the importance of natural shorelines. Robert brought an assortment of live native shoreline plant species for sale. Northway Gardiners promotes natural shoreline protection and can provide a wealth of information and diversity of plants for sale. If you need information or shoreline plants for your project, contact www.northwaygardiners.com.
If you would like to TAKE THE RESTORE THE SHORE 2010-11 CHALLENGE follow these four steps…