What is a buffer zone?

A buffer zone is the area of land that extends 100-feet outward from the outer boundary of the resource area. The buffer zone is protected under the MA Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. 131,Section 40) and its Regulations (310 CMR 10.00) 

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1. What is a wetland?
2. What is the Rivers Protection Act?
3. Why are wetlands important?
4. How can I find out if I live near a wetland?
5. Where can I find wetlands rules and regulations?
6. What is a buffer zone?
7. What activities are prohibited in the buffer zone?
8. I live within the buffer zone and want to do some work to my property, how do I get permission?
9. What can I do on my property to help maintain the health of the wetlands?
10. Which areas of the town are under the jurisdiction of the Commission?