FOVLAP encourages lake property owners to retain existing vegetation and to add natural vegetation to their shoreland, since this is the best and lowest cost approach to protecting lake health. In 2015, through our Vermont Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant, we are working with lake associations to provide workshops about the interconnections between native vegetation on the shore, shallow water ecosystems and overall lake health. Find out more about vegetated buffers, blueberries, native plants, and butterfly gardens: