April 2017 Print


We are halfway through April and our profession seems to be as busy as ever, and that is the case for WI ASLA as well.  From Advocacy to World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) to the Jensen-Longenecker Banquet to WLAM, see below what our Chapter has going on.


There is still time for you to provide testimony to the Joint Finance Committee related to the proposed Occupational License Review Council. We’ve had a good response so far, and we are seeing that people speaking out is making a difference.  Following testimony at the first week’s public Joint Finance Committee hearings, the committee Co-Chairs, Sen. Darling and Rep. Nygren, issued a recommendation to remove from the proposed state budget the Governor’s budget proposal item related to the Occupations License Review Council, among other non-fiscal policy items.  This is a good first step, but the committee may yet need to vote on pulling these items out, and per an article from last Sunday’s State Journal (Link), Co-Chair Nygren is saying they may add some of these items back into the budget at a later date.  There also appears to be some appetite for occupational reform in the current legislature.  So, if the Review Council is not included in the budget, it is likely this item is drafted as a stand-alone piece of legislation outside of the budget. 

WI ASLA is asking individuals to contact the Joint Finance Committee through email at BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov to thank the Joint Finance Committee for taking policy items out of the budget, and asking them to not add the Review Council back in.  Emails must be sent by end of day, Sunday, May 30th.  Here are some talking points you can include:

-  The Occupational License Review Council does not have any fiscal impact.  It is a policy item that does not belong in the state budget.

-  The licensure review process created by the state budget does not require public input.  A 13-member Council made up of 8 gubernatorial appointees, four state legislators and the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services gets to decide which licenses to recommend for elimination.

-  An unamendable bill would be introduced in the Legislature based on the Council’s recommendations for licensure elimination.  There is no requirement to hold a public hearing on the bill introduced by the Council, and it does not have to go through the normal legislative process.  This denies people impacted by proposed licensure elimination a chance to weigh in on the process.

-  After much scrutiny and vetting during the full legislative process, the Wisconsin Legislature voted for our Practice Act, and for licensure for landscape architects in 2009.  The licensure review process created by the budget could repeal Wisconsin’s landscape architect licensure law outside of the traditional legislative process and with no requirement for public input.  Repealing licensure for Landscape Architects would create barriers to employment and financial harm for Wisconsin landscape architects – most of which are small businesses that provide much needed jobs and economic development to their communities.  Currently, the profession of landscape architecture is regulated in all 50 states and Washington D.C.


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Save the Date!

Saturday May 6 / WI ASLA Illustration Workshop with Bruce Bondy

8:30am-3:30pm UW Arboretum Visitors Center

Bruce has over 20 years of experience as a professional architectural illustrator, serving clients throughout the US and internationally. Check out his work on his website, and stay tuned for registration information! http://www.bondystudio.com/bondyhome.html

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Calendar of Events

April 27 / ASLA Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.

WI ASLA representatives will be in Washington D.C. April 27th to meet with our elected legislators to advocate for upgrading to a multimodal transprotation network (Including TIGER funding), fixing our Nation's Water managment systems (Including funding the Clean Water State Revolving Fund), and recognizing public lands, Parks, and recreation as critical infrastructure (Including LWCF funding). 

May 2 & 3 / Senior Capstone Presentations / 5-8:30 pm / UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering RM 1163

Please join the UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture for the 2017 Senior Capstone Presentations. Meet our future colleagues and see how landscape architecture students are helping Wisconsin communities.

Saturday May 6 / WI ASLA Illustration Workshop with Bruce Bondy / 8:30am-3:30pm UW Arboretum Visitors Center

Bruce has over 20 years of experience as a professional architectural illustrator, serving clients throughout the US and internationally. Check out his work on his website, and stay tuned for registration information! http://www.bondystudio.com/bondyhome.html

May 17 / Wright Design Series with speaker Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA                                                             https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wright-design-series-with-speaker-mark-rios-tickets-30954985194

May 19 / WI ASLA Instagram Takeover

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2017 Spring Conference

Please remember to fill out the WI ASLA 2017 Spring Conference attendee survey.                                                                   The link can be found at the bottom of your CEU Confirmation email send out April 14th.  If you did not get a CEU confirmation email, please contact us at (add email here)

Please follow  WI ASLA on social media to stay up to date with the latest information including events, continuing education opportunities, and inspiration.  Please Friend, Join, and Like us.

       * Facebook / Wisconsin Chapter ASLA
       * Instagram / wiasla
       * Twitter / @WIASLA
       * LinkedIn / Wisconsin Chapter of ASLA

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WI ASLA 2018 Professional & Recognition Awards

Help Defend the Environmental Protection Agency

ASLA issued a statement on February 23 strongly opposing a recently introduced House bill, H.R. 861, that would terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

The Society also sent a letter to Representative Matt Gaetz (Florida), the author of the bill, urging him to withdraw consideration of the proposed legislation.

“EPA’s role, protecting human health and the environment, intersects with ASLA’s work in leading the design and stewardship of land and communities,” says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “More than ever, public health and safety depend on joining together to protect our nation from pollution and the effects of climate change. We urge Representative Gaetz to withdraw the bill from consideration.”

Please take a moment to visit ASLA’s EPA Alert—contact your House of Representatives member and urge them to oppose H.R. 861.

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Celebrate WLAM by joining us in our Picture a day Photo Challenge. Just hashtag a picture for each day using the hashtags in the photo! #WLAM2017 #ThisIsLandArch #LandscapeArchitecture


What’s in a hashtag? A world of opportunity in April to celebrate and bring awareness about the profession of landscape architecture and its iconic works here in Wisconsin via social media. The single streams of imagery will reach out to the millions of users worldwide showcasing Wisconsin’s best landscape architecture.

This year for World Landscape Architecture Month ASLA is sharing the social media platform Instagram with state chapters for a takeover day. We are asking WI ASLA members and non-members, firms, students and the general public to post pictures of landscape architecture with the #WLAM2017 hashtag along with the “This Is Landscape Architecture” card that was provided in the latest copy of LAM. On May 19th the Instagram take over will conclude with WI ASLA highlighting iconic spaces designed by Wisconsin landscape architects.

Additionally, each of the ASLA state chapters are in a WLAM photo challenge using the various hashtags popular in the industry for public outreach. Images will be shared throughout the month highlighting these great spaces. To join the challenge WI ASLA would like to feature your firm’s body of work through the variety of media platforms.

To contribute in the WI ASLA Instagram Takeover and join the photo challenge, please post your images with the various hashtags, including #WLAM2017 and #WIASLA2017, to the variety of social media platforms. If you are not social media savvy, you may also send WI ASLA your images via email to (insert email here) and we’ll post through our social media accounts for you. All images should include a brief description and photo credit. If your firm has an Instagram site please provide your site name so we can share the posting with you. All photos from ASLA, its membership, firms, students and other chapters may be viewed on TAGBOARD which is ASLA central image site.

For more information regarding World Landscape Architecture Month 2017, you may visit the WLAM 2017 website. If you have any questions feel free to contact at audralofton@gmail.com

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President-Elect Candidate Forum / Question 3

See candidate's responses here https://www.asla.org/land/LandArticle.aspx?id=50231

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Taking Action to Restore Our Nation’s Critical Water Resources

Recently, the administration unveiled a fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint that recommended a number of cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, including eliminating all funding for the Great Lakes Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay program. Together, these critical programs are making great progress in restoring some of nation’s most important water resources.

The Great Lakes Initiative was launched in 2010 to address over a century of abuse, industrial waste, and other pollution in the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes. Since its inception in 2010, the Initiative has funded 3,400 restoration and toxic clean-up projects. Specific projects include improving water quality, combating invasive species, and restoring 150,000 acres of habitat and 300 miles of shoreline to encourage development along unused and once-contaminated land. Read more here

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WI ASLA Member Tom Mortensen Presenting at The Urban Water Series in New Orleans

Our very own WI ASLA member Tom Mortensen will be one of the presenters at The Urban Water Series is in New Orleans. See information here. http://wiasla.com/images/news/Urban-Water-Series-Mailer-2017-DD6.pdf

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