2024 Classroom & Field Session Details Coming this Fall
$375/person—Includes the two days of classroom instruction, lunches, reference manual, exam, and the one-day hands-on field exercise. Seating is Limited.
Training: Two days of classroom instruction and a one-day field exercise designed for professional landscape and marine contractors to design, implement and maintain natural shoreline landscapes on inland lakes.
►Classroom instruction includes topics on:
◊Michigan lakes and problems with shoreline development
◊Characteristics and benefits of natural shorelines
◊Shoreline landscaping with native plants
◊Methods, techniques and design of bioengineered shoreline erosion control
◊Designing, monitoring and maintaining a natural shoreline landscape
◊Water law and shoreline development permits
►One-day field exercise installing a natural shoreline landscape on an inland lake property
Certification: Completion of all two days of in-class instruction and one day of field exercise and successfully passing the certification exam is required. Certification is valid for three years. Recertification requires a recertification fee.
Benefits of becoming an MCNSP:
◊ Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional identifies you as professional trained in the use of "Green" landscaping technologies and bioengineered erosion control for the protection of Michigan inland lakes. MCNSP is approved by the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and recognized by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
◊Your name and contact information can be posted on the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership website for people to easily find a certified contractor.
◊You will receive in-depth training on the State of Michigan’s permit requirements and process for soft shoreline construction.