The Natural Edge is a shoreline naturalization program available to waterfront property owners to plant native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, wildflowers, and grasses along the water’s edge. With the growth of new cottage developments, cottage-to-home conversions, and commercial and industrial developments along shorelines, these sensitive areas are threatened. With the loss of natural vegetation, several benefits to the lake are compromised, including water clarity and quality, safe swimming areas, and loss of wildlife habitat. ~ Watersheds Canada
During the summer of 2018, all lakefront property owners received an assessment by Watersheds Canada of their shoreline and recommendations to follow. Anyone interested in improving their shoreline could utilize the Natural Edge Program.
Those who participated in the program received a personalized planting plan, including photos of selected planting areas and ideal plant species.