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This comparison is intended to illustrate how a Rural Stewardship Plan can be beneficial to a landowner and their objectives. To get a better idea of how a plan would work on your property, you can attend a workshop or get help from county staff.

The landowner wants to expand the house 10 feet toward the stream. With a rural stewardship plan, the buffer could be reduced from 165 feet to 80 feet since the lot is over 70% wooded and the landowner wants to improve forest health. The habitat protections the landowner would select for the plan would most likely include removing blackberries and planting native plants to improve the stream buffer and using native plants in their landscaping.

sample site plan for parcel with Type S stream

For questions about these programs, please contact Pesha Klein, Environmental Scientist III, DPER Critical Areas Review.