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The Vermont DEC will be holding an in-person and an online Natural Shoreland Erosion Control Certification Course in late January 2024.

This Certification Course covers shoreland Best Management Practices, including techniques for erosion control, stormwater management, bioengineering and wildlife habitat protection. Lakeshore owners often rely on professional contractors, landscapers, engineers or other site workers to give advice and help them manage their property. The NSECC course teaches contractors both how to use best management practices and the science of how they work to protect the lake while remaining attractive and appealing to homeowners.

The course will include:

  • Introduction to Lake Ecology: Why Natural Shorelands Matter
  • Overview of Permitting and Regulations
  • Introduction to Shoreland BMPs
  • Benefits of Native Plants for Landscaping
  • Bioengineering – Hands On Case Studies
  • Act 76 & Finding Funding for Bioengineering Projects
  • Demonstration of Appropriate Products, Operation, and Maintenance

All people certified through this six hour training course can choose to be listed on the Agency of Natural Resources web site and the list will be shared with lakeshore property owners.

Public List of NSECC Trained Professionals:

 2024 Training Locations and Dates:

  • In Person: January 23 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Vermont State University Randolph Campus in the Langevin room at Langevin House
  • Online: January 26 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


  • NSECC Certification lasts three years. After three years you will need to recertify to continue to be included on the list of certified professionals.

2024 NSECC Flier


January 26
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST


Department of Environmental Conservation
View Organizer Website


Virtual Zoom meeting
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