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A healthy, natural greenway system is a vital component linked to the health of Apple Canyon Lake and supports the charming rural image we strive to maintain. The purpose of the program is to encourage ACL members to adopt a green space area and restore the native vegetation in that area. Since ACL was formed, many of these areas have lacked active management resulting in overgrowth. Non-native and invasive plants have also established themselves. Removing this growth will allow native vegetation to again establish itself in these areas.

 

 

 

 


Download Greenway Stewardship Program Overview & Application


GOALS

  1. To encourage preservation, restoration, and enhancement of ACL’s greenway.
  2. To protect the lake and woodlands by ecological restoration, removal of invasive plants, and replacement of native plants if desired.
  3. To recommend a maintenance program of continued care for the greenways at ACL.

PROCEDURES

  1. The ACL Property Owner obtains a Greenway Stewardship Program application at the Apple Canyon Lake website or from the office, completes the application page only, and submits it to the General Manager of ACLPOA.
  2. The General Manager will review the application and forward it to the Conservation Committee chair who will assign two volunteers to the project at the next monthly meeting.
  3. The Conservation Committee members will arrange to review the application with the designated ACL staff member and visit the site together before the next committee meeting if at all possible. The ACL staff member and designated Conservation Committee members will make any recommended changes (second page of the application) to the plan and review them with the property owner at the time of visit if possible.
  4. The Conservation Committee will review the application and any recommendations made by the ACL staff member and the designated committee members for the site. The Conservation Committee will then approve or disapprove the application and notify the General Manager of their decision.  The General Manager will then notify the Property Owners. The ACL Property Owner then acknowledges and agrees to any changes by signing the application.

To ensure effective implementation of Greenway Stewardship applications, each applicant must understand that:

  • All activities conducted must follow the approved plan.
  • ACL staff must review the site during and at completion of the project.
  • Any new plants or trees added to the area as part of this Stewardship project should come from the Conservation Committee’s suggested list (available from the office). Any other plantings must be approved by the Conservation Committee prior to being planted.
  • As noted in the ACL Building and Environmental Code amended 04-21-12, Section 111: “The shoreline buffer zone is an area 50 foot horizontal from the shoreline, to be left as is, or restored to native vegetation as much as practical.” Because greenway space is owned by ACL, the 50-foot buffer zone at the lake front will be enforced whenever available space permits. It is important to protect the shoreline buffer zone from erosion and run-off into the lake by planting a cover crop of approved native foliage, deep-rooted grasses, shrubs, or bushes. Rip rap would be allowed along the shoreline if needed.
  • If a dry dam is required to prevent run-off, the Committee may ask the applicant to delay work on the project until funds are available.
  • If no significant progress is made on the project after one year from date of this application, the property owner must reapply.
  • Any prescribed burning must only be conducted with the direct supervision of ACL staff with the knowledge and approval of the General Manager. Prescribed burning can only be conducted by ACL staff or an insured company performing an ACL approved ecological restoration burn plan.

 

Thank you for your interest in the Greenway Stewardship Program here at Apple Canyon Lake. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the General Manager.

Apple Canyon Lake Greenway Stewardship Suggested Plants

 

TREES – OAK-HICKORY FOREST

Red elm
Sugar maple
Bitternut hickory                                            
Shagbark hickory
Black cherry                                                   
Hophornbeam
White oak                                                       
Northern red oak
Black oak                                                        
American chestnut
Common hackberry                                       
Ohio buckeye

 

TREES – FLOODPLAIN FOREST

Red maple                                                      
Silver maple
Sugar maple                                                   
American sycamore
Eastern cottonwood                                       
American elm

 

TREES – OTHER

Red pine                                                         
White pine
Paper birch                                                     
River birch

 

SHRUBS – OAK-HICKORY FOREST

Flowering dogwood                                       
American witch-hazel*
American hazelnut                                         
Arrow wood viburnum
Buttonbush                                                     
Chokeberry*

 

SHRUBS – FLOODPLAIN FOREST

Elderberry                                                     
Common blackberry
Spicebush                                                       
Rough-leaved dogwood

 

HERBACEOUS PLANTS – OAK-HICKORY FOREST

Wild sarsaparilla                                            
Appalachian sedge
Blue cohosh                                                    
Black snakeroot
Pennsylvania sedge*                                      
American ginseng
White wood-aster                                          
Indian-pipe
Solomon’s-seal*                                             
Wood violet|
Christmas fern                                               
Northern starflower
White leek

 

HERBACEOUS PLANTS – FLOODPLAIN FOREST

Spotted jewelwood                                        
Wood nettle
Creeping jenny                                               
Ostrich fern
Sensitive fern                                                 
Jumpseed
Giant goldenrod

 

GRASSES

Big bluestem
Side oats grama
Indian grass
Little bluestem                        
Prairie brome                                     
Canadian wild rye
Tall dropseed                         

 

WILD FLOWERS

Lead plant                              
Wind flower*                                     
Angel hair plant*
Silver King                              
Swamp milkweed                               
Smooth aster
Aster                                       
Milk vetch                                          
False indigo
Gold shower                           
Wild senna                                         
Tickweed
Redbeckia                             
Coneflower                                        
Sea holly*
Gentian*                                
Ageratum*                                         
Joe Pye*
Cranesbill*                             
Oxeye*                                               
Coral bells*    
False bonnet                           
Gayfeather                                         
Blue bells
Lupine                                    
Monkey flower*                                
Bee balm        
Bearded tongue*                   
Prairie clover                                     
Cinquefoil*
Mountain mint                       
Prairie coneflower                             
Black eye susan
Wild petunia*                         
Compass plant                                    
Prairie dock
Blue eye grass*                      
Goldenrod*                                        
Meadow rue*
Hoary vervain                        
Ironweed                                            
White camas
Golden Alexanders

*indicates plant can tolerate at least partial shade

 

INVASIVE SPECIES – DO NOT PLANT

Box elder
Garlic mustard
Japanese honeysuckle
Tartarian honeysuckle
Purple loosestrife
Reed canary Grass

Common buckthorn
Glossy buckthorn
Multiflora rose