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Vegetative Buffers


Lake Superior Research Institute

Vegetative Buffers

Hog Island Inlet Vegetative Buffer Strips

The coastal near shore vegetation and shallows provide critical habitat for many wildlife species.  Waterfowl nest in shoreline grasses and sedges, while songbirds build their nests in trees and shrubs.   A natural shoreline is a bridge between two worlds.  Studies show that there can be as much as 500% more diversity of plant and animal species along a natural shoreline compared to upland areas. 

A vegetative buffer strip has been planted around the perimeter of the Hog Island Inlet from the tip of Ogdensburg Pier to the west side of Loon's Foot Landing (4.73 acres).  A remnant boreal forest with sub canopy and shrub layers have been planted along with several wildflower openings to preserve viewing for scenery and wildlife utilizing the inlet. 

Invasive plants, like tansy, wormwood , spotted knapweed, wormwood have been replaced with asters, mints, sunflowers, dogwoods, juneberries, as well as pine, fir and spruce trees.   This new buffer strip will further prevent erosion, help maintain and improve water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife.


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