THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY COX, CREIGHTON, FLECK, HENNESSEY, JOSEPHS, MURT, ROHRER, SIPTROTH, SWANGER, J. TAYLOR AND YOUNGBLOOD, MARCH 10, 2009
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, MARCH 10, 2009
Selecting, designating and adopting the Hazleton soil series as
the official soil of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, A growing number of states, having significant
concerns for valuable soil resources, have each chosen a unique
soil series as their official state soil; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania has a significant concern for its own
soil resources and takes pride in its natural resources; and
WHEREAS, Soils serve as the foundation for Pennsylvania's
forests, agriculture, pasture lands, our unique wildlife
habitats, our beautiful landscapes and our homes and
WHEREAS, The Hazleton soils are named for soils located near
the City of Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and account
for over one and a half million acres of soils throughout the
WHEREAS, The Hazleton soils occur in half the counties in
Pennsylvania and are used for woodlands, croplands and pasture
WHEREAS, The Hazleton soils support a natural ecosystem,
which is home to the State bird, tree, animal and flower; and
WHEREAS, Designating the Hazleton soil series as the State
soil would recognize the importance of this soil to the natural
history and economy of Penn's Woods; therefore
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Official State soil.
The Hazleton soil series is hereby selected, designated and
adopted as the official soil of the Commonwealth of
Section 2. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.