|Posted:||April 8, 2019 12:38 PM|
|From:||Representative Mary Jo Daley|
|To:||All House members|
|Pennsylvania is home to a variety of native wildlife species that each play a key role in maintaining our ecosystem. Unfortunately, due to habitat fragmentation, wildlife are forced to roam and settle in unnatural territories. These actions degrade our environment, as well as have deadly consequences for wildlife relative to human interactions and vehicle collisions.
Since Pennsylvania is a leader among states relative to annual outdoor recreational activities and consumer spending, it is imperative that the Commonwealth’s natural resources be preserved and expanded upon to better provide for both wildlife and ecotourism that is enjoyed by both residents and nonresidents alike.
Therefore, I plan to introduce legislation that would require a study to be conducted by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, in collaboration and consultation with various state agencies and private landowners. Specifically, the study would focus on the economic benefits of conservation corridors, the identification of existing and needed conservation corridors, riparian corridors, and potential crossings of transportation arteries. In addition, the study would examine voluntary mechanisms, such as easements and cooperative management agreements, and provide for legislative recommendations. By using science, advocacy, education, and on-ground conservation, this study would provide a voice for the Commonwealth’s various species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and plants, as well Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest lands.
Please consider joining me in support of this important measure.
Introduced as HB1475