MAPLE has changed in the past year…
Since 1987, MAPLE has taken fall cuttings of the best indigenous shoreline shrubs such as Red Osier Dogwood, Virginia Creeper, Meadowsweet and Shrubby Willow. Year after year, hundreds of new cuttings were kept in cold storage for the winter and planted each spring. Tender loving care and Mother Nature turned them into tens of thousands of new shrubs that were distributed and replanted on lake and river shorelines across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec from our nursery operation on Christie Lake near Perth, Ontario.
The owner of the nursery land needed the property for other purposes and we were obliged to reduce the scale of the operation and eventually, in the spring of 2008, to stop producing and distributing shoreline shrubs. We are hoping to reopen and restart the shrub nursery at some point in the future on a new piece of watershed property depending on the wishes and energy of MAPLE volunteers. At the moment, we’re all taking a bit of a breather….
Unfortunately, we cannot supply the necessary shrubs and shoreline plants that riparian landowners have come to expect and want. It makes lake protection just a little more challenging than in past years when the shrubs were so easily available for shoreline planting and naturalization.
The closest nursery that supplies native Canadian shrubs of similar quality is Ferguson Forest Centre, Kemptville, Ontario — 613-258-0110.
In the meantime, we invite you to browse through the good information available on this website including information on programs, plant species and conducting a shoreline inventory or classification on your own lake.
And, this summer in time for fall cutting season, watch for publication of Your Own Personal Guide to Taking Fall Cuttings and turning them into your own little nursery of shoreline shrubs for use on your own lake or river shore. Watch for announcements of availability.
the Mutual Association for the Protection of Lake Environment
in Ontario, is a non-profit environmental organization incorporated
in 1987 to promote the preservation of the natural lake environments.
Through the maintenance of existing natural shorelands and wetlands,
it promotes the restoration and enhancement of waterfronts by
encouraging natural regeneration and initiating revegetation of
is funded through membership fees, private and public donations
and special project funding through local and provincial government
for surveys and individual planting programs. MAPLE works
with individuals, lake associations, environmental groups, business
and government agencies primarily through the following three
Inventory and Classification
b) Shoreland Restoration (temporarily unavailable)
c) Nursery Operation (temporarily unavailable)
d) MAPLE 10
Inventory and Classification
The purpose of the Shoreland Classification Program is to survey
the present state of a lake shoreland and outline the corrective
action required on a property by property basis. This is achieved
by mapping and photographing the shoreline, classifying it into
homogenous zones, and recommending restorative action. Recommendations
will vary from total revegetation required, to leave
in present natural state, to recommend enhancement
of the existing vegetative cover. Click here for Shoreline Classification Survey Manual.
|b) Shoreland Restoration
MAPLE makes native shrubs and plants available to participating
associations and groups for pick-up from its Nursery.Assistance
from MAPLE (and from associated Conservation Authorities for required
plantings through development applications) is free
of charge to members for regeneration of shoreland environments.
Currently, red osier dogwood, meadowsweet, willow (shrubby variety) and
virginia creeper are provided to participating
Lake Associations and property owners who volunteer at the nursery
or take part in the inventory and regeneration programs.
MAPLE cultivates indigenous plants and shrubs at its Christie
Lake Shoreland Restoration Nursery in the Perth/Rideau lakes area
of Eastern Ontario. Volunteers assist in the operation of the
nursery propagating plant cuttings from mature shrubs. Shrubs
are available free of cost (in exchange for time donated)
to participating member lake associations and individuals for
planting along devegetated sections of shoreland. In some circumstances,
monetary donations are made in lieu of time donations.
d) MAPLE 10
An immediate start to shoreline restoration, for more information, click here!
|MAPLE 10 Program: an immediate start to shoreline restoration, for more information, click here!
MAPLE Also continues to develop an ongoing public awareness program
to educate citizens of practical, common sense ways to protect,
maintain and restore natural shoreland environments.
surveys, fisheries and wetlands management schemes, municipal
land use plans (Official Plans and Zoning By-laws), provincial
and even federal planning and policy initiatives complement the
"hands-on" MAPLE work.
natural vegetation on the shoreline, or restoring degraded shorelines
is still the most important fundamental first step toward maintaining
and conserving a healthy natural lake.
blessed with a great number of beautiful lake areas. People are
drawn to lakeshore environments to live, for leisure and for sport.
Lake and river shorelines also provide the most important base
of habitat for land and water based flora and fauna. The lake
provides people with the opportunity to get in touch with nature.
However, pollution of lake waters is a widespread and increasing
problem. In addition, the removal of natural vegetation from the
shoreland and the filling-in of shore waters by waterfront owners
has played a significant role in the deterioration of our lake