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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 moments to visit my website at to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

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 PennDOT website that monitors Act 89 (2013) projects. To view the map specifically of the 48th Senatorial District, click here.

PA Chautauqua Historic District Placed in National Register of Historic Places
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 here.

Draft 2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan
The Pennsylvania Game 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 Protection (DEP) 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 here. 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, 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 (

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