Blue Heron Shoreland Stewardship Award Program

Recognizing and showcasing  shoreland development excellence


The Blue Heron Shoreland Stewardship Award Program recognizes lake property owners who champion strong lake stewardship principles in the development and use of their waterfront property to minimize environmental impacts. VCLRA makes these annual awards to generate awareness and educate lake property owners on the importance of shoreland stewardship by showcasing excellence in lake-friendly waterfront development.


This award was established for a threefold purpose:

  1. to provide lake associations with the opportunity to nominate and recognize property owners on their lakes who have worked hard to maintain their shoreline property in a more natural state with minimal environmental impacts,
  2. to inform lake property owners about the many ways that negative impacts of shoreline property development can be minimized, and
  3. to educate lake property owners about how important shoreline biodiversity is to the overall health of their lake.


Do you know someone who makes a conscious effort to preserve an outstanding natural shoreline? Nominate them for the Blue Heron Shoreline Stewardship Award.
To obtain more information about the Blue Heron Shoreline Stewardship Award program, download an application and contact the Association at VCLRA, P. O. Box 494, Eagle River, WI 54521, or call Carol Warden, WI Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, at 715-356-9494.

Shoreland Review Criteria

There are five shoreland areas that are considered for this award.
Driveway and parking scoring
Are driveway and parking areas kept to a minimum and is run-off from driveway and parking areas directed to a buffer area so erosion and lake contamination is minimized?
Structures and septic areas scoring
Is run-off from structures directed to a buffer area or rain garden and does the septic system (if present) appear to be functioning property?
Yard and recreation areas scoring
Is the yard and recreation area properly sloped to avoid erosion and direct water to a buffer area? Is the use of fertilizer minimal?
Shoreline area scoring
Does the shoreline area have a buffer that contains multiple tiers of vegetation? Is the buffer area maintained? Is the shoreline and lake access area stable?
Entire lot area scoring
Are impervious surfaces kept to a minimum? Is the percent of cleared area kept to a minimum? Are there paths or roads through undeveloped areas? Does exterior lighting have glare shields?

2018 Award Winners

Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association (VCLRA) awarded its Blue Heron Shoreland Stewardship Award at “Celebrate the Lakes Day” in June, 2018 at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Our winners are Alice and Daniel Kramer of Meta Lake. In addition, Phoebe Spier and Eric Olsen of Moon Beach Camp accepted an Honorary Blue Heron Award on behalf of the organization for its work toward shoreline restoration on Moon Lake in Vilas County.
Alice and Daniel Kramer of Meta Lake
Alice and Daniel Kramer of Meta Lake
The Kramer's award-winning property
Phoebe Spier and Eric Olsen of Moon Lake
Restoration at Moon Beach Camp
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