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 2014, through our Vermont Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant, we worked with 8 lake associations and 40 property owners to plant blueberry bushes on their shores. Find out more about vegetated buffers, blueberries, native plants, and butterfly gardens:
- Buffers for Blue Lakes – what is a buffer and what does it do?
- Blueberry buffer information – planning, planting, and care of blueberries.
- A Guide to Healthy Lakes Using Lakeshore Landscaping – Design templates and easy-to-use planting plans – FOVLAP’s recent booklet with simple planting plans and native plant information.
- Lakes Like Less Lawn – three sample landscaping plans – from the Portland Maine Water District
- Six native plant lists for sunny/part sun/shady and moist/dry sites – from Maine Department of Environmental Protection
- Identify your shoreland plants using the Native Plant Trust’s Go Botany website
- Learn about butterfly gardening and join the North American Butterfly Association’s butterfly garden certification program
- Butterfly gardens – plant suggestions for upstate New York – from the North American Butterfly Association