|Posted:||December 7, 2018 11:50 AM|
|From:||Representative Joe Ciresi|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Native Vegetation Along Highways|
|In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation that will require the Department of Transportation to plant vegetation along state highways, where feasible, that has been identified as being native to Pennsylvania.
PennDOT, in consultation with the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee, would develop a list of appropriate native vegetation species that could be used for roadside plantings. Exceptions would be allowed where the use of native vegetation would not be feasible.
Native vegetation planted along state highways will thrive, often with less maintenance, as those plants are better adapted to local conditions. Native vegetation is also better suited for native wildlife and pollinators while discouraging invasive plant species, which are often spread by vehicle traffic.
New Jersey enacted a similar law last year with strong bipartisan support, citing the benefits of native vegetation for erosion management, air and water pollution mitigation, invasive species control, and roadside beautification.
This legislation (former HB 2131) passed the House last session with near-unanimous support (194-1). Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Prior Co-Sponsors: CHARLTON, JAMES, MENTZER, B. MILLER, WARD, WHEELAND, ZIMMERMAN