Vegetation Protection Area

Langlade County Ordinance

Removal of trees, shrubs, ground cover or any filling or land disturbing activities are prohibited in the vegetative protection area except as follows:

  • One viewing corridor 35 feet or less in width. Selective pruning and tree removal is allowed for a filtered view.
  • One pedestrian access pathway.
    • Located in the view corridor
    • Screened from the water / colors that blend with ground cover
    • Minimum construction to avoid erosion
    • Railings only where necessary for safety
    • Maximum of five feet in width
  • Removal of dead and/or diseased trees that are a safety hazard or threaten structures.
  • Approved shoreland protection activities.

Why we have this in our ordinance

Preserving layers of trees, shrubs and groundcover plants will help control runoff from buildings and impervious surfaces and provides food, cover and nesting sites for birds and wildlife. The three layers also screen the cottage or house when viewed from the water – creating privacy. Minimizing the access pathway size and curving it will decrease runoff potential.

What you can do...


  • Vegetative Screening preserves the natural vegetation along the shore. A natural edge to the water will protect the integrity of the shore. Plant additional native vegetation and replace diseased trees to create a natural screening. Editing, or cutting a tree limb or branch blocking your view of the lake and not cutting down the entire tree will protect the soil from eroding and provide a natural, scenic view of the lake or river.


  • Access Pathway Use organic materials such as bark chips, chipped wood or rotten granite to create your pathway. Design the pathway with a curve to minimize runoff, especially on steep slopes.



  • Structures usually make the most dramatic change to the appearance of the shore when viewed from the waterway. It is important to spend time on the water in front of the property to help visualize what the structure will look like and to assess the importance of maintaining natural, visual screening.

Lack of natural screening between house and lake