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This book is a great resource for anyone that has water frontage on their property - be it a lake, river, stream or pond. It's produced by the Minnesota DNR and published by the MN Bookstore. It's aimed at the northern Midwest, but much of the information would be valuable to any waterfront property owner.
The book covers design, site preparation, planting, maintenance, shoreline stabilization and good stewardship practices. There are 13 appendixes including plant lists, plant sources and equipment sources. It is well illustrated with many photos and diagrams. The information is clear, concise and easy to use.
I highly recommend this book. It is available directly from the Minnesota Bookstore for 19.95.
I'd refer to this as my Torah/Bible of wildlife lakescaping. This publication is another one that I could not live without. Another invaluable resource for all in the midwest.
Here's a description from this source- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0964745127/104-4906694-7633518#product-details
"Invaluable Resource For Lakeshore Property Owners, June 12, 2000
Reviewer: sharon collins (minneapolis minnesota) - See all my reviews
As a lakeshore property owner in northern Minnesota I would like this book to be read by all lakeshore property owners. Lakeshore environments are in need of our best conservation efforts.
Learning about the role of "aquatic weeds," dead trees, "brush," and live trees enables us to improve lake water quality and our relationship with wildlife. The information, presented by authors with expertise, will be useful in the planning of your lakeshore while learning about and understanding the wonderful diversity of lakeshore environments.
The layout's inviting, full of graphics and easy to read. The nine chapters deal with lakeshore landscaping and problems, site preparation and plant installation, shoreline stabilization and maintenance, good stewardship and more.
There are also thirteen useful appendices that include the state rules of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, while other appendices help you identify and locate native plants and invasive non-native plants.
This is the perfect gift for every lakeshore property owner! Full of information and fun to read!"
And these comments-
" Please read this if you own lakeshore!, June 19, 2002
Reviewer: "tjmo" (Crosslake, MN United States) - See all my reviews
We are upsetting nature and killing our lakes with lawns to the waters edge and removing all the natural vegetation. Read this book before you start landscaping. You can make it a win-win situation with you and nature."