This July, MSU Extension will offer two workshops in the UP on Protecting Lake Shorelines: A Program for Lakefront Property Owners and Local Government Officials.

The MSU Extension workshop will teach lake property owners and local officials the benefits of maintaining shorelines in a natural state and teach about tools and resources for property owners to plan and protect natural shorelines. Additionally, local government officials will learn how to better accommodate lakes in plans and local regulations. Specific topics include Introduction to Shorelines; Planning, designing your natural shoreline project; Maintenance and Natural Shoreline Successes; Planning and Zoning for Natural Shorelines; Michigan Shoreline Rules and Regulations; and Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program. Participants will also enjoy a field component examining local natural shoreline projects.

Workshops will be taught by natural resource and public policy experts from MSU Extension. The workshop locations and dates are:

·         July 27, 2017 – Curtis, Portage Township Community Building, W17361 Davis St.

·         July 28, 2017 – Watersmeet, Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino, US Hwy 45

The workshops run from 9:30am to 5pm. The cost is $40 for individuals if registered on or before July 6 ($60 after), or $60 for a couple only receiving one set of materials ($80 after July 6). Registration includes snacks, lunch, and a copy of the MSU Extension bulletin Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan’s Inland Lakes – a $25 resource. Early registration ends July 6, 2017, with late registration available through July 20.

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer – so, PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD by forwarding this email, circulating the attached PDF flier, or posting the attached graphic on social media!               

For more information and to register, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/upnaturalshorelines.

This program is supported in part by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission. Also, members of the Cisco Chain Riparian Owners Association or the Invasive Species Control Coalition of Watersmeet wishing to attend will be reimbursed the early registration price upon completion of the workshop.

Please send questions to Brad Neumann, Michigan State University Extension, 906-315-2661 or neuman36@msu.edu