Conservation Practices for Homeowners
Plants and Gardening
- Environmental Landscaping for Water Quality (Lakes Like Less Lawns brochure)
- Gardening to Conserve Maine’s Native Landscape: Plants to Use and Plants to Avoid
- LakeSmart Brochure
The easy-to-read Erosion: Causes and Solutions presentation summarizes and visualizes methods to reduce water runoff (water bars, culverts, rubber razors, mulch, and many more).
Here is a series of various erosion control techniques for your home, driveway, and roads. Erosion Control Methods
The gravel and camp road maintenance manual provides guidelines for maintaining and improving gravel roads while protecting the quality of water in lakes and streams.
Rules & Regulations
What are the restrictions on clearing of vegetation in the shoreland zone?
It can be a little complicated. Here is the Handbook for Shoreland Owners or visit the Maine Department of Environmental Protection at MaineDEP for more information.
What are the restrictions on clearing of trees in the shoreland zone?
The Maine Forest Service provides the Statewide Standards for Shoreland Areas. You may visit them at Maine Forest Service for more information.
Norway Building Codes (2013 Amendments)
The State law adopting the ‘new’ building and energy codes (Dec 2010) is restrictive to towns with a population over 4000 regarding what can be built for one and two family dwellings. To meet the energy standards, three season cottages/camps are no longer allowed.