Please note there is limited space available and spots will fill quickly.


Protecting Your Shoreline: A Workshop for Inland Lakefront Property Owners

Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes. Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines.  This workshop is designed to educate interested lakefront property owners on natural erosion control methods and will discuss techniques for using natural landscaping along the shoreline to provide erosion control and habitat value while maintaining the aesthetic value of the lakefront.


Date, Place of the event:

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Michigan State University Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377.


Workshop Agenda:

8:30- 9:00 AM           Registration/check-in, light refreshments, educational displays

9:00- 2:30 PM           Workshop; includes LUNCH

2:30- 2:45 PM           Speakers available for additional questions, educational displays

2:45- 3:00 PM           OPTIONAL Outdoor Tour:  “Managing Invasive Shoreline Invasive Species”


Workshop Topics:

* Healthy lake ecosystems

* Designing and maintaining natural landscapes on lake shorelines

* Bio-engineering techniques to address high impact shorelines

* Using native plants in shoreline landscapes

* Attracting fish and wildlife to your shoreline

* Managing shoreline invasive species

* State of Michigan rules and regulations

* Local examples of natural shoreline projects


This workshop is sponsored by MSU Extension, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, Oakland Conservation District, Clinton River Watershed Council, North Oakland Chapter of Wild Ones, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s Office.


Pre-registration is required. Registration cost is $45/person on or before March 8, 2013. The cost is $55/person on or after March 9, 2013. Workshop registration fee includes light refreshments, educational resources, and a copy of MSUE’s new 70-page “Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan’s Inland Lakes: Guidebook for Property Owners.”


Deadline to register is March 13, 2013. There is a $25 cancellation fee for those requesting a refund after 3-13-2013.


Contact person, phone and email:

Bindu Bhakta; (248)-858-5198 or


Complete Workshop Details:


Register online:

If you are unable to register online, call (248) 858-0887.


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