Daley resolution to study conservation corridors advances

HARRISBURG, March 30 – A resolution to study conservation corridors in Pennsylvania, introduced by state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, was reported out of the House Transportation Committee Tuesday.

Daley’s resolution would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study on conservation corridors in Pennsylvania and issue a report.

“We are lucky that Pennsylvania is home to a wonderful diversity of plants, trees and wildlife. This study will help us look at how we can preserve that, as well as enhance our thriving outdoor recreation industry and provide for safer travel for people and animals around the state,” said Daley, D-Montgomery.

A conservation corridor is defined as a habitat linkage that joins two or more areas of wildlife habitat, allowing for fish passage or the movement of plant or animal wildlife from one area to another.

The study would identify and examine the approaches and responsibilities of state agencies and other organizations to help in the identification and establishment of conservation corridors; identify existing and needed conservation corridors; aggregate existing economic impact analyses of the establishment of conservation corridors in areas of high incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions; and identify best practices and financial options.

“Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for wildlife-vehicle collisions, which have caused injury and death and cost millions in damage and insurance claims,” Daley said. “Taking a good look at conservation corridors would provide us with valuable information that would have benefits for both Pennsylvania residents and wildlife.”

The Transportation Committee voted 24-1 to approve the resolution, which advances to the full House for consideration.