Use Only Native Vegetation
R3Use Only Native Vegetation
2 points possible
Why this matters to the lake?
Native trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, ferns, and other plants have evolved around the lake over thousands of years. Not only will restoring native plants provide food and cover for wildlife, but they also require less care as they are already adapted to local conditions.
- Restore ecosystem services of the watershed
- Restore the site with native vegetation to prevent encroaching invasive species
- Foster habitat for native wildlife
On sites with existing native vegetation, design to preserve the native plants where possible. On previously developed sites, use local and regional government agencies, local nurseries, and native plant societies as resources for the selection of native plants appropriate for the site. Consult a qualified professional to conduct a site assessment and identify appropriate plant species for specific site conditions.
- Conserve existing native plants and/or install new native plants (required).
- Two points are awarded for use of native perennials, shrubs, and trees.
- One point is awarded for use of perennials and shrubs.
Include the following information for submittals:
- As part of the proposed Site Plan, show all existing native species to remain and protection measures.
- Submit a Planting Plan with a detailed list of all proposed native plant species to be installed.
- “Preliminary List of Species Native Within the Adirondak Park” Adirondack Park Agency
- The FUND for Lake George Do it Yourself Water Quality Guide
- Planting Design & Plants Database – United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Wetland Planting Guide for the Northeast United States.Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. A Planting Design Manual for Environmental Designers, Gary L Hightshoe
Existing Regulatory Guidance/Requirements
Town of Queensbury Section 179-8-040, Shoreline Buffers