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Parks and Protected Spaces

Cottaging

Developing Your Lot for Vacation Homes

Developing on Public Reserve

In order to preserve the natural state of shore lands for the environment, fish and wildlife habitats, Manitoba Parks Branch and the Manitoba Hydro Shore Lands Program have adopted that no more than 25% of the shore lands be developed.  In areas where development has exceeded 25%, it is encouraged that the shore lands be allowed to return to their natural state.

It is encouraged to incorporate natural vegetative features into your shoreline such as planting deep rooted native grasses, shrubs and trees to help naturalize the shoreline, and to improve the natural bank stability.  Maintaining a buffer zone as a “no-mow” area will allow the plant roots to penetrate the soil and provide a long-term shoreline protection.  For more information regarding a healthy waterfront, you can visit the Federal Fisheries and Oceans web site at:

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/canwaters-eauxcan