Chippawa Shores is committed to significant environmental protections to ensure Responsible Waterfront Living by the Chippawa community. These protections will serve as a common benefit for the entire community. The environmental protections are founded in science. The many project peer reviewed environmental and water quality studies may be found here.

Tree Conservation

Any trees over 25 centimeters in diameter (at breast height) will be considered a protected element as part of our Responsible Waterfront Living commitment. Trees may only be removed for access prior to the building permit process. A qualified biologist must approve the additional removal of protected trees as part of the specific Lot development plan submitted with the building permit application.


The preservation and protection of ecologically sensitive wetlands has been a primary focus of Chippawa Shores. Initially only four wetland areas on the site were environmentally protected. CLL has now increased this number to seven protected wetlands with over four times the original protected area including expanded buffers. While there are no endangered species at risk at Chippawa, the wetlands are a rich wildlife environment.

Water Quality Management

Our two landlocked lakes (Green and Labrador) require special ecological attention to maintain their pristine, tranquil characteristics. Management of the introduction of additional nutrients and phosphates into these sensitive lakes is undertaken via construction best practices, ecologically friendly septic systems, and root system preservation. Water safety is encouraged by the restriction of motor sizes no greater than 10 HP on both Green and Labrador. Docks on the Madawaska River may only protrude out into the channel as far as necessary to moor a boat safely. No swim rafts are permitted in the river channel.

Shoreline Management

Preservation of existing shorelines is an important objective and commitment of Chippawa Shores. This is primarily achieved through erosion control measures. The shoreline banks along the Madawaska can only be developed or disturbed under the supervision of a GeoTechnical engineer. A qualified biologist will approve all Lot specific development plans with emphasis on erosion control.