The good news is that the solutions are right next to the problems. Michael encouraged us to "look around and see what is growing successfully." He gave an example of a nearby willow tree and suggested that hundreds of little willow branches could be stuck in the ground, many of which would grow. He recommended that invasive species gradually be replaced with native plants like serviceberry, yellow birch, hobblebush, and dewberry.
One of the worst erosion areas on the walk was at the entranceway to the lake trail at the East Lake Beach end. Michael suggested that this would be a good spot to create a rain garden and protect it with a walkway. Michael said that the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the Department of Agriculture offers grants for projects such as that.
To learn more about Michael Caduto and his important work visit his website at www.p-e-a-c-e.net