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7 Buffer Zones Protect Shorelines and Reduce Erosion Protect the natural shoreline by replanting areas that lack trees and shrubs and maintain those areas that already exist. Leave a buffer zone of native vegetation around all shoreline areas. The buffer zone can be as little as three meters wide or as large as you would like. Dont mow right to the waterfront. A pathway can be maintained for access down to the water but keep any development at least 30 metres away from the shoreline. Restoring Developed or Damaged Shorelines Shorelines that have been stabilized with rock rip rap armour stone or gabion baskets can be modified to incorporate natural vegetation and extend the life of retaining structures. Noted below are some options to protect your shoreline from erosion while improving habitat. Vegetated Buffer Zone Plant native species of trees and shrubs with a variety of other aquatic and upland plants. Biodegradable erosion-control fabric can be effective when used with native plants it holds the soil while allowing plants to grow through it. Loose Rock Buffer Zone In some instances loose rocks can be placed on a gradual slope and used to stabilize an eroding shoreline. Native shrubs and vines should be planted among rocks and will provide natural protection to absorb and dissipate wave action. Bioengineering Techniques Bundles of branches or wattles staked into the bank will protect the shoreline from eroding. See photo at right Live stakes or posts of willow or red osier dogwood also work to stabilize eroding shorelines. Brush layers can be used on steeper banks where deeper reinforcement of the soil is needed. KawarthaConservationKawarthaConservationKawarthaConservation