House Votes to Save Money, Conserve Energy with Native Plants, Quigley Says
HARRISBURG – To save money and conserve energy, the House approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) that would require PennDOT to plant native species of vegetation along highways where feasible.

“Native plants that have been established do not need to be replanted each year, saving the Commonwealth not only the cost of the plants, but also the cost of the labor to do the replanting,” Quigley said.

As native plants have the best root structure for a particular ecosystem, they are most effective in minimizing soil erosion and the many problems that accompany it.

“A resident of the 146th District brought this issue to my attention, and during my research, I found that a number of local municipalities have already passed similar ordinances,” Quigley added.

In Chester County, for example, Elk Township, West Bradford, North Coventry, West Nottingham and Kennett Township have already passed ordinances requiring native plants to be used along the roadside.

As House Bill 2131 received strong, bipartisan support in the House, it now advances to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Tom Quigley
146th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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