What are FIDS?
FIDS is an acronym for forest interior dwelling species. In the critical area, these are bird species that require large forested tracts (usually 50 acres or more) with mature deciduous trees in order to reproduce successfully and maintain viable populations. Many of these species are neo-tropical migratory songbirds that are an integral part of Maryland’s landscape and natural heritage. FIDS habitat is a designated Habitat Protection Area and subject to additional regulations within the critical area.

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1. What is the Critical Area Program?
2. What are the critical area land classifications?
3. What is lot coverage and how does it affect my property?
4. If i buy a lot in the critical area, may I build a house on it?
5. If my home is in the critical area, will I be able to construct an addition or build a swimming pool, deck, or garage?
6. Can I remove trees from my property if it is in the critical area?
7. What are Habitat Protection Areas?
8. If I think I see a violation near the water, where do I call?
9. My property is in the RCA, can I create a lot to give to a family member?
10. What is a grandfathered lot? If my lot is grandfathered, am I exempt from the critical area regulations?
11. Are farming and timber harvesting exempt from the critical area regulations?
12. What is the Critical Area Commission?
13. Do I need to obtain the approval of the Critical Area Commission to build on my lot in the critical area?
14. What is the difference between local zoning ordinances and the state’s critical area law and regulations?
15. What is growth allocation?
16. What are FIDS?