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23 FOCA can provide advice and resources to help your group get started on lake planning.The process is outlined in detail in the Lake Planning Handbook a 65-page self-help guide available in digital format from FOCA. Visit httpfoca.on.calake-planning-handbook-overview There is an amazing amount of knowledge and experience around every lake. Don and Ruth Benson Mountain Lake Haliburton Lake Management Planning If there isnt already a lake management plan in place for your lake you and your lake association may want to consider getting one started. The process of lake management planning can help everyone involved to recognize and protect the unique character of a lake while you consider land use and larger watershed matters.A well-developed plan engages and empowers the community and brings the public together to support the sustainable future use of our lakes. The first step in lake management planning is to establish a committee that Encourages partnerships between concerned citizens lake users resource managers municipalities and other stakeholders Identifies concerns that people feel need to be addressed Sets realistic goals objectives and action plans. A comprehensive management plan includes information about the watershed. It could also address key issues including Water quality Land use and zoning Public water access Natural and cultural heritage Aquatic vegetation Exotic species Surface water use conflicts Fisheries management Wildlife Lake management planning can be an important community-building process PrintedinChina