Restore Forested and Naturally Vegetated Conditions

R6Restore Forested and Naturally Vegetated Conditions

3 points possible

Why this matters to the lake?

Actions to restore the natural landscapes bolster these benefits locally and watershed wide. A natural landscape is an important tool in the reduction of stomwater runoff volume and velocity, and to improve water quality. While in reality natural conditions cannot be replicated, restoring the landscape allows natural processes to bring about a gradual recovery and reintroduce significant missing ecosystem components and processes.


  • Restore, enhance, and maintain the health of natural landscapes to initiate and accelerate the recovery of ecosystem health.
  • Restore previously disturbed lawn or disturbed forest to natural conditions.
  • Restore water quality through sediment and pollutant removal by restoring the natural landscape.
  • Restore critical environmental areas and sensitive sites for habitat protection.


Points are awarded based on the percentage of site restored following the guidelines above. 

Greater than 50% of the limit of disturbance restored 3 points
Greater than 25% of the limit of disturbance restored 2 points
Greater than 10% of the limit of disturbance restored 1 point




One point will be awarded to a site that demonstrates a decreased forested canopy edge (in linear feet) due to restoration.

For residential properties proposed phasing plans must meet the following requirements:

  • Phase One: 50% of proposed restoration area at time of development.
  • Phase Two: 25% of proposed restoration within two-year period.
  • Phase Three: Remaining 25% within five years.


Include the following information with application:
✓ As part of the Proposed Site Plan, the applicant should show the existing and proposed land cover and the extent area to be restored and provide a landscape restoration plan.

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