The Natural State is the Right State

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The loss of shoreline vegetation is an increasing problem around Michigan lakes. The recreational value of our lakes has led to intense shoreline development and the proliferation of turf lawns down to the water’s edge at many lakes. This conversion of natural shoreline vegetation to high maintenance, shallow-rooted turf, in conjunction with increased boat traffic and wave action, contributes to shoreline erosion problems, the delivery of fertilizers and pesticides to lake water and the loss of habitat.

Techniques such as soil bioengineering and lakescaping can restore your shoreline to a more natural state while enhancing wildlife habitat and preventing erosion and runoff.

For a more comprehensive guide visit the Michigan Inland Lakes Shorelines web site developed by the biologists at Michigan State University.

www.shoreline.msu.edu/ 

A natural shoreline resists wind, wave and winter ice erosion.