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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 is building a new house on an undeveloped lot. With a rural stewardship plan, the buffer could be reduced from 40 feet to 25 feet to fit the proposed structures. The habitat protections in the plan would most likely include replanting the wetland buffer and enhancing the wetland with native plants and other habitat features.

sample site plan for parcel with class 4 wetland

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