• Recognizing these species and the habitats they depend on. 
  • Maintaining the natural vegetation around lake shorelines and wetlands.
  • Reducing or eliminating lawns, especially if they are on the lake side of the house/cottage.
  • Planting only native species to discourage the spread of invasive species.
  • Driving off-highway or all-terrain vehicles on designated trails only, and avoiding all sensitive habitats (lake shorelines, wetlands, beaches).
  • Avoiding rock wall installation, raking, mowing, or infilling the lake shoreline.
  • Ensuring that septic systems and agricultural operations do not impact water quality.
  • Eliminating chemical use and buying phosphate-free cleaning products.
  • Ensuring that you are aware of provincial and municipal laws, regulations, and permits. Prior to development, construction, or alteration species at risk must be considered and their habitat not disturbed. Permits are required for activities such a dock building.
  • Avoiding the collection or picking any of the flowers for ACPF species. The picking of wildflowers is a time-honoured pastime but the removal of flowers from rare populations could threatened the entire NS population.
  • Telling your friends, families and neighbours what you are doing and how they can help.


Learn more in “Healthy Lakes and Wetlands for Tomorrow: A landowner stewardship guide for species at risk in Nova Scotia”. It has specific sections and tips for Lake Shorelines, Wetlands, Estuaries, Lawn and Garden, Dock Building, On-Site Sewage Systems, Motorized Vehicles, Wildlife and Pets, Forestry Practices, Agricultural Practices and Recreational Activities.


For more in-depth information on Forestry Practices, please consult MTRI's "Guide to FSC Certification for Woodlot Owners in Nova Scotia"