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Lakeshore habitat restoration training for professionals

principles and practices of lake-friendly landscaping, low impact development, water quality conservation and erosion control of low energy sites on inland Wisconsin lakes

Wednesday, July 16th and Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at Moon Beach Camp, St. Germain

​Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake

Portions of the lakeshore habitat restoration training materials were adapted from assorted partners nationwide; below are some primary documents that will serve you well as background information and tools for developing sound lakeshore habitat restoration conservation plans:

​Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership:
promoting natural shoreline landscaping
to protect Michigan's inland lakes /
Michigan State University Extension

Partnership web page​
Certified Natural Shoreline Professional
Training Manual: principles of natural landscaping
and erosion control on inland lakes
Natural shoreline landscapes
on Michigan's inland lakes:
guidebook for property owners​
Natural shorelines for inland lakes:
a simple solution for lakefront property owners​

University of New Hampshire 

Cooperative Extension​
Landscaping at the water's edge:
an ecological approach​​​,
a manual for New Hampshire
landowners and landscapers​

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center /

United States Botanic Garden
​"Landscaping for life: based on the principles
of the Sustainable Sites Initiative"
Instructor's manual for workshop
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources "Restore your shore" web site link​


5.0 Defining lakeshore habitat restoration

​GWQ038 Protecting and restoring shorelands
GWQ027 A fresh look at shoreland restoration
​​GWQ039 Protecting our living shores
GWQ063 Protect our lakes and streams: help stop polluted runoff
GWQ040 ​The Waters edge brochure​​​​

5.1 Characteristics and benefits of intact lakeshores

​GOGGIN PowerPoint (Moon Beach session) - "Lakeshore overview powerpoint: lakeshore habitat; benefits and functions of healthy lakeshores; definitions of lakeshore restoration"
GOGGIN PowerPoint (Green Lake session) - "Training introduction, objectives, and logistics review​" ​
GOGGIN PowerPoint (Green Lake session) ​- "5.0 Lakes and their land-water connection, 5.1 characteristics and benefits of intact lakeshores, 5.2 challenges created from unsound lakeshore development, and 5.3 the economics of water" 
GOGGIN PowerPoint (Green Lake session) ​- "​5.4 Restoration ecology basics, 6.0 Defining lakeshore habitat restoration, 6.2 state standards and biology technical note review, and 7.0 Discussion of landowner backgrounds​"
​G3582 Understanding lake data​
GWQ057 Understanding riparian areas

5.2 Challenges created from unsound lakeshore development

National Lakes Assessment fact sheet (2010)
National Lakes Assesment: a collaborative survey of the nation's lakes (EPA 2009 report)
GWQ057 Understanding riparian areas: managing pastures for water quality
​Lakeshore re​search papers
​Runoff / sedimentation / hard surfaces
GWQ061 Impervious surfaces: how they impact fish, wildlife and waterfowl property values
"​Patterns of houses and habitat loss from 1937 to 1999 in northern Wisconsin, USA" - By: Charlotte Gonzalez-Abraham et al.​
"Hydrology, nutrient concentrations, and nutrient yields in nearshore areas of four lakes in northern Wisconsin, 1999–2001​" - By: David Graczyk et al.
​"Relationship between carnivore distribution and landscape features in the Northern Highlands ecological landscape of Wisconsin" - By: Dan Haskell et al.  
"Wisconsin lakeshore​ restoration project​" - By: Dan Haskell et al.
"Is littoral habitat affected by residential development and land use in watersheds of Wisconsin lakes" - By: Martin Jennings et al.​​
"The construction, aesthetics, and effects of lakeshore development: a literature review" - By: Sandy Engel and Jerry Pederson, Jr.​
​Fish / woody habitat
​"Shoreside sentinels: Shrinking populations of tiny two- to three-inch fish warn how shoreland development" -  Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine - February 2005 
Less work, more beauty, better protection” ​- Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, April 2000
"Largemouth bass nest site selection in small, north temperate lakes varying in littoral coarse woody habitat abundances" - By: Jerome Weis and Greg Sass​​
"Impacts of lakeshore residential development on coarse woody debris in north temperate lakes" - By: David Christensen et al. ​
"Lakeshore woody habitat in review" - By: Max Wolter 
"Natural and anthropogenic variation in coarse wood among and within lakes" -  By: Anna Marburg et al​.
"Fish community and food web responses to a whole-lake removal of coarse woody habitat" - By: Greg Sass et al.​
"Coarse woody habitat, lakeshore residential development, and largemouth bass nesting behavior" - By: Zach Larson et al.
"Drought-driven lake level decline: effects on coarse woody habitat and fishes" - By: Jereme Gaeta et al.
"The influence of littoral zone coarse woody habitat on home range size, spatial distribution, and feeding ecology of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)" - By: Tyler Ahrenstorff​ et al.
"Cumulative effects of incremental shoreline habitat modification on fish assemblages in north temperate lakes" - By: Martin Jennings et al​.
"Changes in the spatial distribution of fishes in lakes along a residential development gradient" - By: Mark Scheuerell and Daniel Schindler
"Patterns of fish growth along a residential development gradientin north temperate lakes" - By: David Schindler et al.​
"Degradation of littoral habitats by residential development: woody debris in lakes of the Pacific northwest and Midwest​, United States" - By: Tessa Francis and David Schindler 
Aquatic insects
"G3648 Aquatic insects of Wisconsin" - By: William E. Hilsenhoff​
"The rapid effects of a whole-lake reduction of coarse woody debris on fish and benthic macroinvertebrates" - By: Matthew Helmus and Greg Sass​
​Aquatic plants / native vegetation
"Consequences of human lakeshore development on emergent and floating leaf vegetation abundance" - By: Paul Radomski and Timothy Goeman
"Water plants: a case for preserving Wisconsin's aquatic plants" - By: Wisconsin Lakes Partnership​
​​"Comparisons of undeveloped and developed shorelands, northern Wisconsin, and recommendations for restoration" - By: Joan Elias and Mike Meyer
"Effects of pier shading on littoral zone habitat and communities in lakes Ripley and Rock, Jefferson County, Wisconsin" - By: Paul Garrison et al. ​
​"Influence of lakeshore development on breeding bird communities in a mixed northern forest" - By: Alec Lindsay et al.
Amphibians and reptiles
​"Impact of lakeshore development on green frog abundance" - By: Jim Woodford and Mike Meyer

5.3 The economics of water

​"Healthy lakes and higher property values" - (EPA fact sheet)
UW-Extension Lakes Economics of Water database​

5.4 Restoration ecology basics and getting to solutions

​"Restoring ecological health to your land" (By: Steven Apfelbaum and Alan Haney).  Island Press: 2010)
​"The restoring ecological health to your land workbook" (By: Steven Apfelbaum and Alan Haney).  Island Press: 2011)​​​​​​​​​​
"Restoration contracts - templates for contract grow agreement; contractor qualifications; design-build services proposal; and proposal for ecological restoration consulting services" - from Haney and Apfelbaum (2010)​
"Principles for the ecological restoration of aquatic resources​" - USEPA​
"Definitions of ecosystem services​" - World Resources Institute​
​"Guidelines for developing and managing ecological restoration projects​" - By: The Society for Ecological Restoration International
​"An assessment of urban lakeshore restorations in Minnesota​" - By: Dana Vanderbosch and Susan Galatowitsch
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