Noble Renaturalization on Lake Vernon
Site Visit: August 21, 2018
Planting Date: August 31, 2018
The Noble Family was excited to be selected for one of the Lake Vernon Restore Your Muskoka Shore grant. Their cottage was carved out of a hill in the early 70s and the dirt that was taken from the hill was packed into the shoreline, creating an unnatural slope and unsightly mess that is held together with old tires and scrap metal. While they have tried to improve the condition of their shoreline, they were concerned about creating more erosion. There are some small white pine saplings that have taken root naturally, but it will be years before they make a difference. By adding some new vegetation to their property through RYMS, they increased the biodiversity on their property and added some shrubs and wildflowers that will grow more quickly to help control the erosion.
“I just wanted to reach out to let you know how much fun we had last week on our planting day at our Lake Vernon property. Not only did we learn a tonne about native plant species, which ones help hold the soil and which can grow in the water, we learned how to plant (my kids probably learned something too), and had a great time getting dirty.
While it mostly looks like sticks coming out of the ground now, we’re excited to see what it will look like in the spring (and subsequent years) and looking forward to helping the overall water quality on Lake Vernon.“