Act of Jun. 17, 1982, P.L. 526, No. 150              Cl. 71
                                  AN ACT

     Declaring and adopting Penngift Crownvetch (Coronilla Varia L.
        Penngift) as the State Beautification and Conservation Plant
        of Pennsylvania.

        WHEREAS, Penngift Crownvetch has provided Pennsylvania with
     worldwide recognition as the "Crownvetch Capital"; and
        WHEREAS, Penngift Crownvetch was first discovered in
     Pennsylvania by Dr. Fred V. Grau in June 1935, extensively
     researched by the staff of the Pennsylvania State University and
     was named Penngift; Penn for Pennsylvania and Gift for the
     farmer on whose farm the legume was discovered; and
        WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has
     successfully utilized this plant along the roadsides of every
     Interstate Highway throughout Pennsylvania since 1958 and
     receives hundreds of congratulatory letters from the motoring
     public on the roadside beauty created by Crownvetch; and
        WHEREAS, Penngift Crownvetch has successfully stabilized and
     prevented erosion on over fifty thousand acres of erodible soils
     and is recognized by conservationists as a major plant species
     in the reestablishment of vegetation on subsoils; and
        WHEREAS, Penngift Crownvetch is well recognized for its
     agronomic value as a livestock feed and use as a ground cover
     for erosion control, nitrogen feeding and soil insulation in no-
     till corn production.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  Penngift Crownvetch (Coronilla Varia L. Penngift)
     is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the official State
     Beautification and Conservation Plant of the Commonwealth of
        Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.