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Learn
about the programs that provide a healthy Wisconsin shoreland, a system of native plants and trees thriving in and around the shallow water.
Find
resources provided by local communities that offer zoning ordinances to guide development near navigable lakes and rivers.

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.
See: Development Trends in Northern Wisconsin.

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.
See: Preserving Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

Contact information
Visit our Wisconsin Shoreland Zoning Contacts page to find out who to contact regarding your property.

Safeguarding our shorelands Resources on shoreland restoration

This is part of a collection of resources and research that DNR employees use as a reference in their day-to-day work, and should not be construed as being complete. It is in no way an endorsement of these organizations, but rather a resource for the public who may be interested in shoreland related issues.

Shoreland Stewardship Series
Native Plant Nurseries [PDF]. DNR PUB ER-698-2012.
Restoration Consultants [PDF]. DNR PUB ER-699-2012.
A Fresh Look at Shoreland Restoration [PDF]. DNR/UWEX. FH-429-2003
Protecting and Restoring Shorelands [PDF]. DNR/UWEX. WT-748-2003
Protecting Our Living Shores [PDF]. DNR/UWEX. WT-764-2003
How to restore shorelands
Shoreland Habitat Conservation Practice Standard [PDF]. Natural Resources Conservation Service. July 2001. Code 643A
Shoreland Habitat [PDF]. Wisconsin Biology Technical Note 1. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Tech Note 1
Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes and Practices [exit DNR]. Federal Interagency Stream Corridor Restoration Working Group. June 2011. GPO Item No. 0120-A
Wisconsin Vascular Plants [exit DNR]. Wisconsin State Herbarium, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Contact information
For more information about this page, please contact:
Shoreland policy coordinator
Bureau of Watershed Management
Last revised: Wednesday April 15 2015