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Thousand Cankers Disease Quarantine Expanded to Lancaster County

HARRISBURG - Following the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture enacted a quarantine, effective immediately, restricting the movement of wood and wood products. Lancaster joins Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, which were quarantined in August 2014, and Bucks County, which was quarantined in 2011.The quarantine restricts the movement of all walnut material and hardwood... (more)

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine in Berks County

Spotted LanternflyThe Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), an invasive planthopper has been discovered in Berks County. The pest is native to China, India, Japan, Vietnam, and introduced to Korea where it is a pest. This pest attacks many hosts including grapes, apple, pines, stone fruits, and Tree of Heaven and has the potential to greatly impact the grape, fruit tree, and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.  A special meeting on this quarantine will be held on November 5, 2014 and is available as a webinar. PDA is requesting... (more)

Bill Clarifying Language for T and M Contracts Signed by Governor

ContractHARRISBURG - A bill (HB 1543) to clarify how time and materials contracts may be used under the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act of 2008 was signed by the governor October 22, 2014 and became Act 160 of 2014. The 2008 law requires all home improvement contractors, including landscape contractors, to register with the state attorney general and requires specific language to be used in all home improvement contracts... (more)

Governor Signs Bill to Exempt High Tunnels from UCC

High TunnelsHARRISBURG – Governor Corbett signed into law HB 1440 which exempts high tunnels, and all other agricultural structures in which crops are grown, from the Uniform Construction code. With his signature on October 22, 2014, HB 1440 became Act 159 of 2014. The act takes effect immediately. After being stalled in the Pennsylvania Senate for over a year, the bill gained new life after PLNA teamed up with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of... (more)

Bill Rolls Back Riparian Buffer Requirements

HARRISBURG – Governor Corbett signed HB 1565 on October 22, a bill that would weaken the protection afforded exceptional value and high quality streams by forested riparian buffers. The bill would make forested riparian buffers optional, rather than mandatory. Despite bipartisan opposition in the Senate and opposition by PLNA and a broad coalition of environmental groups, the bill passed narrowly and was sent on the governor for signature. PLNA had urged the governor... (more)

Ash Borer Attacks New Tree Species

Emerald Ash Borer

DAYTON, OH – Researchers at Wright State University believe that they have found emerald ash borers (EAB) feasting on white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), a smaller ornamental tree native to the eastern U.S., but found as far west as Texas and Oklahoma. Up to this point, emerald ash borer had been found exclusively in ash species. The EAB has destroyed millions of ash trees in the Midwest and Northeastern states. Given its voracious appetite, the thought that it... (more)

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