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Landscaping Workshop for Lakefront Properties
By Beth Clawson, Michigan State University Extension Educator


Attendees of the workshop will learn lakeside landscaping information that pertains to projects like these newly installed shoreline erosion control fiber logs and riprap with plug plantings.
Photo: Beth Clawson

Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Natural Shorelines Partnership members are offering workshops about creating and managing natural shoreline landscapes located on lakes. MSU Extension, along with conservation districts and other local partners, is offering two August workshops in southwest Michigan to help you to learn how to create, restore and manage the natural shoreline on lakeshore properties and help protect Michigan's inland water resources. You'll also learn ways to work with existing hardscapes and seawalls.

The first workshop will be held at the Branch County Fairgrounds in Coldwater, Mich., on Saturday, August 18 from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM. This workshop includes a light lunch and a tour of nearby Gravel Lake. The second workshop will be in Kalamazoo County at the Vicksburg Community Center on Saturday, August 25.

The cost is $50 per participant with a reduced cost of $25 for an additional participant sharing the same book. To register for this workshop, visit the MSU Extension events registration page at If you are unable to register online or do not have access to a computer please contact Beth Clawson at

Workshop participants will receive a copy of Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan's Inland Lakes: Guidebook for Property Owners (E-3145), an in-depth resource on the topic of natural shorelines, which will help individuals take the next step in helping to protect Michigan's inland lakes.


The Protecting Your Shoreline workshop is designed to provide information about the natural erosion control methods. It will also explore using natural shoreline landscaping to provide erosion control and habitat value while balancing the beauty and practical value of the shore. Topics also include the use of native plants and working with high impact shores.

This article has been republished with express written consent and can be read in-full on the MSU Extension page (

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