What is a critical area?
A critical area is a wetland, fish and wildlife habitat area, flood hazard area, landslide hazard area or other geologically hazardous areas. The goal of the regulations that apply to work within critical areas depends on the specific critical area. Some seek to prevent environmental impacts; some seek to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the public; and some seek to prevent negative impacts to development itself.

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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?