Michael Travis

Shoreland Vegetation Management

New Hampshire’s is known for it natural beauty combining lakes and mountains and a whole lot of trees. Over 86% of the state is covered in trees. When it comes to waterfront properties I am always asked what "can you cut down" or "Can I add a sandy beach?" The temptation is to cut trees down for a view. Remember the roots of a tree help to prevent erosion.  and has so many other benefits.

As communities and waterfront homes grow, the landscape changes all over New hampshire which can impact the quality of our public waters. Preserving it depends on each of us to manage the trees, shrubs and low-growing plants on our property. For instancer, blueberry bushes which are native to NH have such a  mesh of roots that it actually preserves the shore very well. Nature’s most economical and efficient stormwater purification system is a combination of Native Shoreland Plants

Trees and plants such as oaks, pines, willows and blueberry bushes  are some of the best vegetation for healthy waterbodies because they slow down, absorb and purify much more stormwater than low-growing plants with shallow roots such as lawns and mulched garden beds. Bey9ond providing fresh air and beauty, trees and plants help remove the salts, oils, heavy metals, fertilizers, and other contaminants from stormwater runoff and spring snowmelt before they enter our lakes and rivers.
Even the dense mat of leaves and needles under our trees plays a unique role in purifying our water. Plus, our treasured birds, fish and insects rely on the shade, protection and fruits provided by native plants.

Here is a simple fact sheet on Vegetation Management for Water Quality


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