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Use native plants with deep roots to strengthen your shoreline

  Photo: Shoreline wildlife
Native plants also provide important wildlife habitat

Native plants provide the best shoreline protection. Their root systems take hold easily, grow well, and adapt to changing conditions. As they mature, they build a complex web of roots within the soil, offering greater stability and erosion protection.

Please note that no type of shoreline structure provides 100% protection from heavy ice and wave action.

Here are some native grasses and shrubs with large roots


  • Indiangrass
  • Big Bluestem
  • Canada Bluejoint
  • Canada Wild Rye


  • Red-osier Dogwood
  • Nannyberry
  • Sage-leaved Willow
  • High-bush Cranberry

 Native plant resources

We can help

Knowledgeable staff can help you take action!

  • Not sure where to start? Schedule a free onsite consultation and receive personalized advice for enhancing your properties and protecting water quality.
  • For training opportunities and workshops, please see our events page for current listings.

Programs and Services

Access programs and services to help you take action:

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 Blue Canoe Program

Get tips and advice on protecting your shoreline property and water quality


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 Shoreline Demonstration Sites

Visit a naturalized shoreline and see how you can improve your own


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 Seedling Program

Purchase native trees, shrubs, and grasses for your projects 


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 Shoreline Protection

Get free advice and information on protecting waterfronts from common shoreline issues


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 Scugog WATER Fund

Apply for a grant to help with projects on your property in Durham Region within the Kawartha Watershed