Understanding lakeshore ecosystems – Part 5: Selecting native plants

Planting native plants on your lakeshore can help to enhance the ecosystem by providing habitat for animals and aquatic animals. There are many resources available to help you select the plants that are best suited to your lakeshore.

Photo by Jim Brueck.

Photo by Jim Brueck.

2007 National Lake Assessment, conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reported that “Poor lake shore habitat is the biggest problem in the nation’s lakes.” Planting native plants on your lakeshore can help to enhance the ecosystem by providing habitat for animals and aquatic animals. There are many resources available to help you select the plants that are best suited to your lakeshore. Here are a number of links to help you decide what will work best:

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