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Log A Load For Kids® is a nationwide giving campaign through which loggers and others contribute to local Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals to provide medical care to kids in need, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Proceeds from Pennsylvania's Log A Load For Kids fundraising efforts are distributed among the five Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals located in Pennsylvania: Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville; Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital; Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. The Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee proudly supports Log A Load For Kids in Pennsylvania.

Log A Load for Kids

Contact the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association for upcoming opportunities to contribute in Pennsylvania

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More than 9,000 miles of PennDOT-managed roads are in poor condition. Many of Pennsylvania’s older secondary and rural roads were not designed to support the weight they presently carry, especially with the recent trucking boom resulting from the unconventional oil and gas (UOG) industry. To prevent damage, PennDOT has posting and bonding policies that require haulers to be financially responsible for excess maintenance on the roads they use.

This can be problematic for Pennsylvania's logging industry when co-bonding roads already bonded by an UOG industry whose trucking impacts are much greater. Pennsylvania Act 13 of 2012 creates a policy that exempts economically distressed (at risk) industries and de minimis haulers (local/infrequent haulers not likely to damage roadways) in excess of posted weight limits from co-bonding roadways already bonded by a UOG industry by issuing Letters of Local Determination (LoLD). Act 89 of 2013 exends this program through 2018. The web resources below provide additional information.

PennDOT Posted and Bonded Roadway Program

The Web-based map viewer below provides current information on the posted and bonded state routes in Pennsylvania. Users can find every posted road in the state to see roadway segments’ weight limits and review which haulers and industries bond these roadways. Haulers can use this information to determine whether they qualify for self-certification or are required to complete the Letter of Local Determination application.

PennDOT Posted and Bonded Web Viewer

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Pennsylvania has thousands of structurally deficient bridges - more than any other state in the nation. In August of 2013 PennDOT announced that it would place new restrictions on some 1,000 structurally deficient bridges across the state in an effort to extend their usage life. The required detour around many of these bridges in rural areas is substantial.

PennDOT lists of Posted Bridges

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Indiana Bats

In Pennsylvania, the Indiana bat is listed as endangered and protected under the state Game and Wildlife Code. It also is a “priority species” in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan. Nationally, it has been listed as an endangered species since March 1967. As a listed species, Indiana bat habitat has specific regulations designed to protect the species and prevent takings.

White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) and Cave Dwelling Bats

Cave dwelling bats across the eastern United States are being impacted by white-nose syndrome. WNS was first discovered in New York in 2006 and was found in PA in 2008. The fungus has quickly spread since then causing an ecological crisis. The affliction disturbs the bats during hibernation, causing them to become active in winter, where they die of elements and starvation.

Listing of PA Cave Dwelling Bats

The PA Game Commission (PGC) published notice in August 2012, seeking input on listing three bat species as endangered in the state. The PGC notice specifically included notice of restrictions on timber harvesting and other tree removals, as part of the proposed bat protection efforts. With negative feedback, the PGC decided in October 2012 that it would not immediately proceed with draft regulatory changes and listing of the three species. It should be noted that there is no research to suggest that forestry and timbering activities are linked to white nose syndrome and habitat is not a limiting factor with the recent declines in populations. Since that time the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) took up consideration of listing the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) specifically as a federally threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On May 4th, 2015 the USFWS listed the NLEB as threatened with an interim 4(d) rule that limits the impact of the listing on timber harvesting. The final 4(d) rule was published on January 14, 2016.

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