Thompson Renaturalization on Lake Vernon
Site Visit: August 21, 2018
Planting Date: October 27, 2018
The Thompson Family’s cottage is located on Lake Vernon near Huntsville. Their property is very steep, and when the Thompson’s purchased the cottage in the winter of 2017 when the area was covered in snow, they were unaware of the erosion issues present on the property. The Thompson’s wanted to take action to reduce the erosion on the steep slope leading down to the shoreline as well as stabilize the top of the slope to address safety concerns.
Through the Restore Your Muskoka Shore program, a selection of native shrubs were carefully planted on the slope that develop extensive root systems to help bind the soil in place and prevent further erosion. Some large, hardy thicket-forming shrubs were planted along the shoreline to protect against waves and ice-push at the base of the slope, and shrubs and wildflowers were planted at the top of the slope to slow down the flow of water and allow it to soak into the ground before it reaches the steep slope, further reducing the amount of erosion.