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.
- To encourage preservation, restoration, and enhancement of ACL’s greenway.
- To protect the lake and woodlands by ecological restoration, removal of invasive plants, and replacement of native plants if desired.
- To recommend a maintenance program of continued care for the greenways at ACL.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Northern red oak
TREES – FLOODPLAIN FOREST
TREES – OTHER
SHRUBS – OAK-HICKORY FOREST
Arrow wood viburnum
SHRUBS – FLOODPLAIN FOREST
HERBACEOUS PLANTS – OAK-HICKORY FOREST
HERBACEOUS PLANTS – FLOODPLAIN FOREST
Side oats grama
Canadian wild rye
Angel hair plant*
Black eye susan
Blue eye grass*
*indicates plant can tolerate at least partial shade
INVASIVE SPECIES – DO NOT PLANT
Reed canary Grass