Picture it - a vast field, cleared of all signs of wildlife. Trees clear-cut, vegetation eradicated, the character of the land all but a memory. Sound like a place you'd like to build a home? Us neither.
Wetlands serve as delicate eco-systems providing food, water and shelter to innumerable species of plants and animals. Federal and state governments protect them through regulations that prevent heavy development. To the average community planner, wetlands can be a time and resource-draining challenge.