You can beautify your shoreline property and protect Muskoka’s pristine environment at the same time.

Muskoka Watershed Council and the District of Muskoka are partnering to offer a new program called Restore Your Muskoka Shore. Shoreline residents can apply to take part in the program, planting natural flora that both boasts the district’s natural beauty and protects from invasive species. This includes watershed chokers like Phragmites. Watershed officials say a healthy shoreline helps clean the water to keep the habitat healthy for native species of animals. The program is funded by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, which has provided over $7.5 million to projects across Ontario since 2012.

The program is open to a limited number of lake associations and if you’re interested in getting involved you can find more details here.