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1. What is a critical area?
2. Is it still a wetland if it only has water in it in the spring?
3. How big is the buffer on my wetland or stream?
4. I've heard I can reduce the buffer to fit my proposal. Is this true?
5. Are Bald Eagles still protected?
6. Can I still build on my parcel?
7. Why do we care about protecting fish and wildlife?
8. How can I find out if there are Wetland or Fish and Wildlife Critical Areas on my property?
9. What is the purpose of the critical area requirements?
10. Where can I find out about Pierce County's Critical Areas Ordinance?
11. Why do I have to pay such high taxes on my property when it is mostly fish and wildlife habitat area?