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FCNRCD and others trained to evaluate Lake Wise properties at Lake Carmi

people standing near and on a dock at Lake Carmi
Staff get trained on lakeshore practices

What Is Lake Wise?

The Lake Wise Program is an Agency of Natural Resources initiative that awards lake-friendly shoreland property, including that of state parks, town beaches, private homes and businesses.

Program Goal

The goal of Lake Wise is to establish a new normal, a new culture of lakeshore landscaping that is proven to help protect the lake. A property that earns the Lake Wise Award will represent a "model" shoreland property. The Lake Wise Award certifies a property is well managed, using shoreland Best Management Practices, and is maintained to care for the lake.

The Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District attended a training on Lake Carmi on July 29th, 2022 hosted by the VT DEC Lake Wise team alongside staff from Franklin Watershed Committee, Orleans County NRCD, Winooski NRCD, Grand Isle NRCD, Lake Iroquois Association, and Watershed Consulting Associates.

Now, FCNRCD staff can visit properties and help landowners learn more about managing water and erosion on their lakefront properties and award signs to show best practices!

Contact us anytime if you would like your property evaluated for Lake Wise at

people standing in a circle on a lawn
Staff learn about identifying where septic systems are on lakeshore properties

People standing in from of a shed looking at trees and other vegetation
Staff look at lakeshore vegetation

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