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Unfortunately, the standards for what constitute "passive recreational use" are set by the DEC in Connecticut - and they remain within the scope of administrative law (I am unaware of any case law on point at this time, or anything overturning the administrative definition).
The DEC definition at this time for "Passive Recreation" is:
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My wetlands have trees with vines that are killing the trees, they have mostly invasive species and the purpose of this lot is to let it be. The trees are dying and dangerous to fall. I spent a lot of money taking care of trees. Should they allow me to use the some of it to have a playhouse if I'm not causing any damage to the water course?
Who is the "they" you are dealing with?
This is a link for information wetlands in the State http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2720&q=325678&deepNav_GID=1625
The first attorney provided the definition for Passive Recreation above. Is this happening at the State or at a local level? There are ways to seek a variance for the playhouse to try to obtain permission for another location. Where in CT are you located? Are you still with me?
Each municipality has there own way of handling wetland situations and defining passive recreation. Have you spoken to a local land use attorney? Many provide free consultations and you would be amazed by the cooperation that comes with having an attorney.
Let me pull up Fairfield County
This is a link for land use attorneys that provide free consultations in your area http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/firm/land-use-zoning/fairfield-county/connecticut
Just as an example this is a sample of the services these types of attorneys provide http://www.bayerandblack.com/Practice-Areas/Land-Use-and-Zoning.aspx
This is a link for each towns ordinances http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/ordinances.htm
This link provides the laws and regulations http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2704&q=323512&deepNav_GID=1511
Based on the information with the invasive species and your use not causing any conflict with the water course yours is a perfect situation to obtain a variance.
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Did you have any success at the local level?