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Research on shoreland buffers

Safeguarding our shorelands


Shoreland buffer

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

Publications from elsewhere

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.