Research on shoreland buffers
Safeguarding our shorelands
Good shoreland practices.
Preserving and protecting a corridor of native vegetation along the shoreline is important for the protection of water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and natural scenic beauty in our lakes and rivers.
The corridor of native vegetation slows and soaks up water that picks up contaminants as it runs off from roads, driveways, roofs and across lawns.
The corridor also provides important habitat for fish and wildlife species and protect the scenic quality of the lake and river by minimizing the obtrusiveness of structures along the shoreline.
Publications from Wisconsin
- Effectiveness of Shoreland Zoning Standards to Meet Statutory Objectives: A Literature Review with Policy Implications. DNR.
- Shoreland Management Program Assessment Appendixes and Index. DNR.
- Shoreland Management Program Assessment. DNR.
Publications from elsewhere
- A Review of the Scientific Literature on Riparian Buffer Width, Extent and Vegetation. The University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology, Office of Public Service and Outreach. March 1999.
- Chesapeake Bay Riparian Handbook: A Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Riparian Forest Buffers. USDA Forest Service. June 1998.
This list of resources should not be construed as being complete. It is only part of a collection of resources and research that DNR employees use as a reference in their day-to-day work. This list is in no way an endorsement of these organizations, but rather a resource for the public who may be interested in shoreland related issues.
Did You Know?
Lakes and rivers belong to the state's citizens. See: The Public Trust Doctrine
The number of homes on lakes of all sizes increased 216 percent from the 1960s to 1995.
As northern lakes are developed
Songbirds decrease, and grackles, cowbirds and other common species increase.
Green frog populations decrease.
Musky, trout and bluegill populations decrease.