Thursday, May 24, 2018

House Committee Reports Out Bill To Encourage Use Of Native Vegetation Along Highways

The House Transportation Committee Thursday amended and reported out House Bill 2131 (Quigley-R-Montgomery) encouraging PennDOT to plant native vegetation along highways (sponsor summary).
“(This legislation encourages) the Department of Transportation to plant vegetation, which has been identified by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as being native to Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Tom Quigley.  “In this way, native vegetation planted along highways will thrive because those plants are better adapted to local conditions. Native vegetation is also more likely to support wildlife, while discouraging invasive plant species in our fair Commonwealth.”
Under the bill PennDOT is required to consult with DCNR to develop a list of particular species of vegetation that can be used for roadside plantings.
The amendment added a provision about also coordinating with the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee.  (Click Here for a copy of the amendment.)
The bill also includes a process for PennDOT to allow for planting nonnative species where it is no feasible, provided they are deemed not invasive or detrimental to the environment.
The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3179 or sending email to: Rep. William Keller (D-Philadelphia) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-5774 or sending email to:

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