Haliburton County has updated the Shoreline Preservation Bylaw to be more comprehensive.

With increased awareness about algae blooms, and how much a naturalized shoreline can help, the county has updated the bylaw that protects nature along shores.

Earlier in the year, county council voted on and approved an increased fine for violating the bylaw. Now the county has announced it has updated that bylaw to include the protection of trees with a diameter of fewer than five centimetres.

The bylaw is designed to limit the destruction and removal of nature on all properties that are within 30 metres of a watercourse. Anyone that wants to remove a tree needs permission from their respective municipality before cutting it down.

County officials warn that if you are caught violating the bylaw you’ll face fines up to $800.

The full bylaw as amended can be seen by clicking here.