Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's
happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress
of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few
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Week of September 7, 2015
Transportation Projects Scheduled, Real-Time Information Available
Pennsylvania motorists can now access real-time information on
transportation projects that have been completed, are underway or scheduled
through 2026 at a new
website that monitors
Act 89 (2013) projects. To view the map specifically of the 48th Senatorial
PA Chautauqua Historic District Placed in National Register of
On August 18, the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Historic District (Mount
Gretna Borough, Lebanon County) was placed in the National Register of Historic
Places. The National Register recognizes the historical, architectural and
cultural merits of properties. To learn more about the National Register, click
Draft 2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan
Commission and Fish & Boat Commission
are seeking public comment on the draft
2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action
Plan. For nearly three years, the Commissions’ staff, with assistance from
conservation partners, revised the 2005 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan, which
is required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
for continued State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program funding. Each state must
update their plan no less than every 10 years, and Pennsylvania’s revised plan
is due to the USFWS by September 30.
The draft 2015 Pennsylvania
Wildlife Action Plan updates the species of greatest conservation need,
extent and condition of associated habitat, threats to species and habitats,
conservation actions to address threats, monitoring to gauge implementation
progress, and coordination with conservation partners and public involvement.
Comments on the draft plan will be accepted through September 11.
Pennsylvania Farm Show History and 100th Year
According to a recent edition of the Friends of Farm Show
Tails & Trails, the PA Farm Show
began as a three-day exhibition in 1917 to provide farmers an opportunity to
discuss issues, opportunities and challenges. An estimated 5,000 people attended
the first show in a three-story building in downtown Harrisburg. Now, the show
attracts more than half a million visitors in 24 acres of indoor exhibition
space. The 100th show will take place January 9-16, 2016 with the theme, The
100th Pennsylvania Farm Show: Our
Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience. The logo, a blue ribbon, recognizes the
range of exhibits and contests that take place.
The PA Farm Show is the
nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000
competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors. According to a report
issued by the Hershey
Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, the 2015 show had an estimated economic
impact of $95 Million to the South-Central Pennsylvania region.
2015 Climate Impacts Assessment Report
The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (PCCA),
Act 70 of 2008, directs the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
to conduct a study of the potential impacts of global climate change on
Pennsylvania over the next century. This report is the second update to the
original report published in 2009.
The 2015 Climate Change Impacts Assessment Update can be viewed
DEP will accept comments through November 4. All comments, including those
submitted by e-mail, must include name and address. Those commenting are
encouraged to use
DEP’s online eComment tool at
www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment, but can also submit via mail (Department
of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson Office Building,
P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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