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Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed June 17, 2022, the first Pennsylvania Native Species Day. A diverse native ecosystem provides many benefits to Pennsylvanians, including food sources; timber; climate resilience; and outdoor recreation, such as fishing, boating, and hiking, and related economies.

State Agency Leaders Announcement

At a press event at a restored stream site on Fish and Boat Commission property, leaders from the seven state government agencies on the Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council celebrated the state's diverse native plants, insects, and animals. They emphasized the urgent need to slow the proliferation of invasive species and reduce the threat to biodiversity and negative impacts on Pennsylvanians.

The leaders highlighted many actions that state agencies are taking with council members and other partners to reduce invasive species.


Participation around the State

Great participation by a number of organizations helped make the first Pennsylvania Native Species Day a success:

    • Pennsylvania State Parks
    • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
    • Native Fish Coalition Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Pennsylvania Lake Management Society and Bucks County Conservation District
    • Longwood Gardens
    • Penn State Master Watershed Stewards–Crawford, Erie, and Warren Counties
    • Penn State Extension in Philadelphia: Master Watershed Stewards, Master Gardeners, 4H, and PA SeaGrant
    • Regional Science Consortium and GoNativeErie
    • Natural Lands Trust
    • Murrysville Garden Club

Stay tuned for Pennsylvania Native Species Day 2023!