OSWEGO – New York Sea Grant has published âWorking with Nature: A Guide to Native Plants for New York’s Great Lakes Shorelinesâ. Public and private property owners can use the guide to select the right plant in the right location to revitalize the freshwater shores of the state’s Great Lakes.
The guide, in free access on http://www.nyseagrant.org/shorelineplants, offers nature-based alternatives or improvements to traditional âgrayâ structures such as concrete dikes, steel sheet piles and rock fill.
Roy Widrig, a coastal risk and process specialist, wrote the 24-page guide which includes a list of 41 species of trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers, vines and perennials with the framework of favorite shore for everyone. Detailed photos and ideal growing conditions accompany each plant on the list.
“Restoring natural and stable shoreline slopes and lake-upland transition areas rehabilitate habitat for native birds, fish, mammals and insects while beautifying the waterfront, and this can help. to control shoreline erosion and improve drainage and water quality, âWidrig said.
To obtain a printed copy of the guide, call (315) 312-3042.
Funding for the publication and distribution of the guide was provided by the State Environmental Protection Fund and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.