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MEMORANDUM

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September 13, 2021 01:29 PM
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Representative Kristine C. Howard
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All House members
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Stop Habitat Loss

We all recognize the importance of preventing the extinction of endangered species and safeguarding our shared environment. For this reason, Pennsylvania has correctly enacted laws prohibiting the direct killing or harming of individual members of threatened and endangered species, but there is presently a major blind spot in these legal protections.
There are no strong regulations protecting these species from more indirect harm to the species as a whole. The deliberate killing of a protected animal carries a penalty; the destruction of a protected animal’s habitat does not.
Protecting nests, mating grounds, and feeding areas should be at least as important as stopping poachers, yet current law has little to say on the matter. I find this legislative oversight unconscionable, and therefore plan on introducing legislation that would require, as part of the permitting process for the construction of residential and nonresidential buildings, information be submitted and reviewed to determine whether threatened or endangered species may be negatively impacted by such construction.
Under this legislation, PA’s Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would be tasked with ensuring endangered species habitats are protected.

This new process should help us live up to the Pennsylvania Constitution’s promise of environmental preservation. Please join me in this effort to protect our native species and our natural environment.
 

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I'm sure this would mean things like not cutting trees to create early successional habitat, to preserve some notional population of something but, in the by and by, making grouse even more scarce.

Chances are, given her party affiliation, residency, and academic background, she's a screaming anti-hunter liberal just looking for another way to put the screws to hunters and anglers. (Speaking as a graduate of one of the two Rutgers Law Schools, I can say with certainty that she's a screaming liberal or communist - 90% of the graduates are.)
 

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...didn't "they" say that they will next attack the rural communities..
 

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MEMORANDUM

Posted:​
September 13, 2021 01:29 PM
From:​
Representative Kristine C. Howard
To:​
All House members
Subject:​
Stop Habitat Loss


We all recognize the importance of preventing the extinction of endangered species and safeguarding our shared environment. For this reason, Pennsylvania has correctly enacted laws prohibiting the direct killing or harming of individual members of threatened and endangered species, but there is presently a major blind spot in these legal protections.
There are no strong regulations protecting these species from more indirect harm to the species as a whole. The deliberate killing of a protected animal carries a penalty; the destruction of a protected animal’s habitat does not.
Protecting nests, mating grounds, and feeding areas should be at least as important as stopping poachers, yet current law has little to say on the matter. I find this legislative oversight unconscionable, and therefore plan on introducing legislation that would require, as part of the permitting process for the construction of residential and nonresidential buildings, information be submitted and reviewed to determine whether threatened or endangered species may be negatively impacted by such construction.
Under this legislation, PA’s Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would be tasked with ensuring endangered species habitats are protected.

This new process should help us live up to the Pennsylvania Constitution’s promise of environmental preservation. Please join me in this effort to protect our native species and our natural environment.
This ignorant nut job should not be allowed to introduce a bill for anything! She is an idiot!!!!!
 

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Some level of this protection already exists. To get a chapter 105 geral permit, joint permit or a chp 102 npdes for construction work is already required to have PNDI clearance. The PNDI process identifies if a project is in areas where t&e species are thought to live and then the applicant coordinates with the responsible agency (USFWS, PGC, PFBC, DCNR) to avoid impacting the species if applicable.

This process is not required for projects disturbing less than 1 acre of ground or those that do not impact aquatic resources. The scope of projects that this legislation is looking to regulate is unlcear at best.
 
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