NorthWoods NEK Lakeshore Buffering Program


The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is currently reaching out to find landowners with unbuffered bank or shoreline who are interested in partnering with NorthWoods to create a shoreline buffer on their land. Take advantage of this year’s NorthWoods NEK Lakeshore Buffering Program. This program is offered on a first come first serve basis, and there are only a few openings!!!

With the goal of improving water quality throughout the Memphremagog Watershed, the NorthWoods Stewardship Center is coordinating two grant- funded cost-share programs, called the Memphremagog Watershed Lakeshore Buffering Program and NorthWoods Riparian Buffer Planting Program.

Both programs are funded by a 2016-17 Ecosystem Restoration Grant through the VT Department of Environmental Conservation. They are designed to provide cost-shared tree and shrub planting options for landowners with water frontage, be it stream, river, or lake. Buffering shoreline reduces the amount of runoff into lakes and streams, which improves water quality and reduces the threat of algae blooms. Additionally, shoreline plantings help anchor the banks, reducing the amount of property lost to erosion.

The Center’s staff work with property owners to design the best solution to preserve and protect the shore and lake while at the same time ensuring good views and recreational usage.  Property owners pay 20% of the cost of the plants and agree to preserve the plantings for 10 years. The Center supplies the trees and shrubs – such as, elderberry, northern white cedar, red osier dogwood, and white birch; and they supply the manpower to plant them all.

This 2016 NWBP&NEKLB Brochure provides additional information about the river and lakeshore buffering programs.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning about or enrolling in this program, please contact Meghann Carter at 802-723-6551 ext. 302 or email