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Score Your Shore:
a citizen shoreline description survey - offered by the DNR. Click here to go to the DNR website.

Score Your Shore is a tool to assess habitat conditions of developed lake lots. The protocol is designed for use by lakeshore property owners to self-assess habitat and stewardship on their land and adjacent aquatic areas. This tool may also be used by organizations, such as lake associations, to assess multiple sites on a lake. Score Your Shore provides an objective and systematic method to assess the type, quantity and quality of the existing shoreland habitat.

The Score Your Shore tool will enable you to:

  • Assess the amount of habitat at developed lake sites

  • Generate awareness of what makes a high quality functioning shoreline buffer

  • Provide a system to recognize landowners with functioning shoreline buffers.

The following self-guided materials are available to view and download, free of charge. Groups may adapt these basic materials to meet their specific assessment needs.

  • Score Your Shore Manual:  PDF 
    A 48 page manual that describes the importance of shoreline buffers and step by step instructions on how to assess your shoreline. The manual includes illustrations and examples of how to score a lake lot.

  • Score Your Shore Quick Guide:  PDF 
    A four page field reference to assist citizens in scoring process.

  • Score Your Shore Training Powerpoint:  PDF 
    An 18 slide presentation for lake groups interested in training volunteers in how to use Score Your Shore.

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