Miyanishi Renaturalization on Three Mile Lake
Site Visit: July 8, 2018
Planting Date: August 24, 2018
The Miyanishi Family applied for a Restore Your Muskoka Shore grant for their cottage on Three Mile Lake to help them recover from storm damage on their property.
On July 7, 2017, they experienced a “micro burst” storm which brought down many of the trees on their property, including seven trees right on the waterfront. As a result, the Miyanishis were left with a vast empty area in the front of their cottage, sloping down towards the lake.
The Miyanishi Family wanted to renaturalize this buffer area in order to prevent erosion and reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients and organic matter that is entering the lake, especially with the short, hard rainfalls that they have been experiencing of late. They also wanted to gain back some of the privacy that they lost due to the loss of these trees, and at the same time beautify the area with some natural wildflowers and shrubs.
“Thank you to the Three Mile Lake Association and Muskoka Watershed Council for enabling us to be a part of the Restore Your Muskoka Shore program and helping recruit volunteers for our planting yesterday. It was a great day and I think everyone had a good time and learned about naturalizing for the health of our lake! It was also good to meet some of the folks from the lake.
We feel very privileged to have been part of this program.”
~Kim, Monna and Ted Miyanishi