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Buffer Landscape Program of Smith Mountain Lake
Filtering runoff water one yard at a time
About Buffer Landscaping on Smith Mountain Lake
Buffer landscaping consists of vegetation planted near the lakeshore to trap sediments and to filter nutrients and pollutants. It also serves to prevent erosion and stabilize sloped areas of the shoreline. Buffer Landscaping promotes the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being lake friendly and environmentally sound.

Buffer Landscaping: The Buffer Landscaping Committee consists of a team of about 20 volunteers many of which are Virginia Master Naturalists and Virginia Master Gardeners.  Our mission is to preserve the lake shoreline and water quality while providing wildlife habitat and protecting your property investment and enhancing the beauty of the lake.  Committee members help create demonstration gardens and provide on site advice to lake residents as well as recognizing efforts of our residents who utilize buffer landscape techniques.  Buffer landscaping consists of vegetation planted near the lakeshore to trap sediments and to filter nutrients and pollutants.  It also serves to prevent erosion and stabilize sloped areas of the shoreline.  Buffer Landscaping promotes the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being lake friendly and environmentally sound.

The Buffer Landscaping Committee has built an extensive list of plants and other helpful material on their own web page.
Please visit the Buffer Landscaping Web Page to learn more.
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Buffer Landscape Education Program
Learn how to create a beautiful boarder that protects the lake
Buffer Landscaping Education on Smith Mountain Lake
•SMLA provides a Buffer Landscape ‘how to’ Guide as well as a plant list (link). These documents can help with your planning. The plant list is comprehensive with native as well as cultivars that thrive in our area. The list is approved by AEP for use below the 800 foot contour in the current Shoreline Management Plan.

•We are also available to speak to groups interested in this program. The talk on buffer landscaping is both informative and entertaining.

•Planning is now underway for both a demonstration site at Penhook boat ramp and public education forums to be held throughout the year.

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Participate in the SMLA Buffer Landscape Program
Personalized Home Visits
Participate in the SMLA Buffer Landscaping Program on Smith Mountain Lake The SMLA will send our Buffer Landscape Advisory Service Team (BLAST) members to your home to advise and make recommendations on how to improve buffering characteristics of lakefront or near lakefront properties. You can participate in SMLA’s Buffer Landscaping effort by: Requesting a BLAST visit, Starting your own buffer improvement effort, Nominating your own or a neighbor’s property for recognition; joining our committee. To request a visit by the SMLA BLAST Team or for more information, please contact call the SMLA office 540-719-0690 or email theoffice@smlassociation.org.
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Recognizing Great Buffer Landscapes
Excellent Buffer Landscape Practices
Get Recognized for Buffer Landscaping Excellence!
•The Recognition program is focused on finding properties that are examples for others to emulate. The Buffer Landscape Committee uses the following criteria in the selection:

–landscape follows guidelines as set out in SMLA Buffer landscape Guide

–landscape uses plants listed in the SMLA Buffer Landscape plant list

–landscape meets guidelines contained in the current AEP Shoreline Management Plan

•Owners will be recognized with a yard plaque acknowledging the efforts consistent with our program.
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