Advantages of preserving natural vegetation include:
- Reducing erosion
- Protecting water quality
- Maintaining habitat for fish and wildlife
- Preserving the aesthetic value of the shoreline
- Providing privacy
Before you remove trees, shrubs or brush in shore land areas, contact Le Sueur County Environmental Services at 507-357-8538 to apply for a vegetative alteration permit.
The removal or alteration of vegetation is subject to the following standards:
- Intensive vegetation clearing is not allowed within the shore and bluff impact zones.
- In bluff and shore impact zones and on steep slopes, limited clearing of trees and shrubs and cutting and trimming of trees is allowed to provide a view to the water from the principle dwelling site and to accommodate the placement of stairways and landings.