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Resources on shoreland restoration

Safeguarding our shorelands

Restoring your shoreline can improve fish and wildlife habitat while protecting against erosion. See the resources below for best practices, finding the right plant species, and funding opportunities

Shoreland Restoration Resources

Funding Sources for Shoreland Restoration and Protection

The state and some counties have grant programs to help local organizations and governments purchase and restore shorelands.

DNR Lake Protection and Classification Grants. Information on which groups and projects are eligible to apply for grants that can pay for buying land or securing agreements to protect shorelands, to help restore shorelands, or to develop local ordinances to protect lakes.

DNR River Planning and Protection Grants. These grants support existing and emerging organizations in planning, protecting and restoring local river systems, including buying property.

DNR Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. This innovative state program provides 50 percent match grants to local governments and nonprofit conservation organizations to buy land or get easements for conservation and recreation purposes.