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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 23, 2021 01:10 PM
From: Representative Kristine C. Howard
To: All House members
Subject: Protecting Pennsylvania's Pollinators
 
Pollinators are necessary for about 75 percent of the plants grown across the world for food, beverages, spices, and medicine. Without pollinators, our food system would be unrecognizable. Unfortunately, a decline in pollinator populations is occurring throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation.
 
With agricultural monocrop expansion and consistent loss of habitat due encroaching urbanization, pollinators are left with a limited food supply and a loss of basic needs. To combat this potentially apocalyptic problem, states have begun implementing roadside pollinator habitat programs. These programs create pollinator habitats filled with native plants along roadsides to help sustain pollinator populations. The deep-rooted native plants will also provide benefits for stormwater, infiltration, soil stabilization, and water quality, while reducing the cost of roadside maintenance through minimized mowing needs.  
 
It is important to replenish and sustain the pollinator population in Pennsylvania, and I will soon introduce two bills aimed at doing just that that.
 
The first bill will create a Pollinator License Plate, a program that will allow motorists to pay for a specialty license plate that will fund roadside pollinator programs.
 
The second bill will create one of those programs, the Pennsylvania Pollinator Habitat Program. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture will work together to develop and establish the program to create native grass and perennial wildflower-filled habitats along our state highways to support the migration of pollinators.
 
Having a large population of pollinators in Pennsylvania is critical to the health and wealth of our heavily agricultural state. Please join me in this effort to bolster such a crucial aspect of our ecosystem by supporting both the Pollinator License Plate and the Pennsylvania Pollinator Habitat Program.
 



Document #1

Introduced as HB1758

Description: The first bill will create a Pollinator License Plate, a program that will allow motorists to pay for a specialty license plate that will fund roadside pollinator programs.
 
 

Document #2

Introduced as HB1759

Description: The second bill will create the Pennsylvania Pollinator Habitat Program. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture will work together to develop and establish the program to create native grass and perennial wildflower-filled habitats along our state highways to support the migration of pollinators.