April 2018 Print

President's Message

Happy World Landscape Architecture Month!

We are excited to report that with the Wisconsin State Senate concluding its business for the 2017-2018 session, the two licensure deregulation bills we have been advocating against (SB 288 & SB 296 and AB 369 & AB 370) were not voted on and will expire. A big thank you to everyone who helped with this effort! Work is still not done as our Advocacy Team will continue communication with the DSPS Occupational Licensing Review Council. See Advocacy Chair Jay Gehler’s full report later in the newsletter.

To celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month WI ASLA will be recognizing landscape architecture in Wisconsin through our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) to promote the profession and celebrate our 2018 WI ASLA Award Recipients. You will also be receiving “This Is Landscape Architecture” cards in the April copy of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Use this card in photos to capture and post what you’re up to professionally and don’t forget to tag @wiasla #WIASLA2018 and #WLAM2018.

The UW-Madison Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture’s Jensen-Longenecker Banquet will also be celebrating student achievements on April 20th  and will include WI ASLA presenting the ASLA Student Awards and two $1,000 WI ASLA Scholarships. It’s a great opportunity to see what the students are up, enjoy live music, and maybe find a future employee or employer.

I challenge all our members to find ways to celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month and share it with the world via social media. Maybe its participating in the iAdvocacy Network for the first time, talking to a class about landscape architecture, organizing an office volunteer event, or binge watching Ken Burn’s National Parks: America’s Best Idea (I’ll save you the online search…its 12 hours). We’re a creative profession- let’s see what you can come up with!


Jonathan L Bronk, PLA, ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President 

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World Landscape Architecture Month

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ASLA Presidential Candidates Forum

The ASLA Presidential Candidates Forum is in full swing.  Check out the latest LAND Newsletters to learn about both candidates as you prepare for the upcoming election.  

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Jensen-Longenecker Banquet

Click Here to Register Online / Deadline April 12, 2018

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HortiCULTURAL Landscapes Symposium/By Friends of Allen Centennial Garden

Tickets are still available for HortiCULTURAL Landscapes Symposium, which will focus on the telling of stories of place through plants and will explore stories from four exceptional public gardens across the United States.  WI ASLA is sponsoring LACES certification for the event.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9am–4pm
Dejope Residence Hall, UW-Madison Campus
Click for more information and to register

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ANOVA Grant Competition: April 13 - May 14

Describe a space that influenced your career in landscape architecture, which can help others relate to the profession. Submit a short essay and a quick napkin sketch and you could win a $2,000 grant to fund your participation in the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. 21 grants will be awarded.

More info and who is eligible: https://www.anovafurnishings.com/2018aslagrant

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ASLA Student Awards Call for Entries

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Student Awards. Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients and their advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia October 22, 2018.

Student entry registrations and payments are due by May 7, 2018; submission deadline is May 21.

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Call for Abstracts/Presentations

Call for Abstracts/presentations for the 2018 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference - North American Invasive Species Management Association Joint Conference will cover all categories of invasive organisms (aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects and pathogens) with emphasis on Midwestern habitats including wetlands, forests, prairie and agriculture. Presentations will also cover invasive species concerns affecting all of North America. In addition, special sessions will focus on the topics of organisms in trade, biocontrol, prescribed fire, citizen science and other special topics.

The conference's purpose is to improve management, including prevention, control and mitigation issues. It is geared toward a broad audience, including land managers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, researchers, students, landscape and nursery professionals, business leaders, foresters, environmental consultants, lake association members, lake improvement district professionals, private land owners, conservation group leaders, and non-governmental organizations. All attendees will have opportunities to learn about advancements in managing invasive species in the Upper Midwest.
Prospective presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations in one of three tracks:

  •         Aquatic Systems,
  •         Forest Health, or 
  •         Terrestrial Systems

If interested in proposing a special session, please see guidance below and please contact abstracts@umisc.net to discuss. If approved, session organizers will be given specific abstract submission guidelines for presenters.

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USGBC West North Central SITES Collaborative group

This regional SITES Collaborative would be a group of key stakeholders interested in leadership roles focused on promoting built environments that are well planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The collaborative will start out by determining its mission and learning about the SITES program to better assist our community. Because the standard is still relatively new in the marketplace, it’s likely that there will be an initial focus on engaging industry leaders in conversation about this underutilized system and crafting a response to typical market barriers.  More information contact Christa Schaefer, treasurer@wiasla.com, and check out this article from USGBC.  https://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-communities-take-collaborative-approach-sites

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Free Internship Postings on ASLA Joblink!

Free Internship Postings on ASLA Joblink!

Starting February 1, ASLA will once again be offering members a free internship posting on JobLink during the months of February, March, and April. 

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Tour of Memorial Union and Alumni Park

Tour of Memorial Union and Alumni Park sponsored by CNU-WI, APA-WI and WI ASLA. The tour is June 28, 4:30-6:30. The tour is free, but attendees should pre-register in advance.


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WI ASLA Licensure Advocacy Update

Last week the Wisconsin Senate concluded its business for the 2017-2018 session – and the two bills we’ve been tracking concerning our professional license, SB 288 & SB 296, and companion bills in the Assembly, AB 369 & AB 370, will not be voted on and the bills will expire. This is a small but meaningful victory and defense of our ability to practice and earn a living in the state of Wisconsin.

The Chapter will now focus our attention on the DSPS Occupational License Review Council and we continue to work with legislative consultant Michael Blumenfeld and Associates in strategizing our response. Chapter leadership has been proactive and has already met with DSPS Secretary Laura Guiterrez, who has indicated that the ‘review’ process will be “transparent” and will seek WI ASLA input for factual information to include in the review. You can read the text of the DSPS directive, below. ASLA Advocacy and Government Affairs will work with ASLA Government Affairs, CLARB and LAF in assembling information that will effectively defend our license. If we’re not at the table – we’re on the menu!

As members, practitioners and constituents, we will be mobilizing Chapter membership in our advocacy efforts.  

Read more details on the bills   

DSPS Occupational License Review Council Directive

Every day is Advocacy Day!

Jay Gehler, ASLA
Advocacy & Government Affairs Chair

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Advocacy Alert/National Park Service Legacy Act

National Park Service Legacy Act (S. 751, H.R. 2584) is a bipartisan bill that would nearly eliminate the National Park Service maintenance backlog by 2047 without raising park entrance fees or taxes.

Go to the iAdvocate Network and tell your legislators to cosponsor the bill.

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Advocacy Alert / Land Water Conservation Fund

We need your help to protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The administration unveiled its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal, which recommended cutting the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by 98 percent from FY17 levels and zeroing out the state grants program.

Go to the iAdvocate Network to tell your legislators to support LWCF

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Advocacy Alert / Living Shorelines

ASLA released a statement endorsing H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act, which would provide critical funding to help our nation’s coastal communities develop flood-resistant green infrastructure projects that integrate plants and local ecosystems. 

Go to the iAdvocate Network contact your legislators about cosponsoring the bill.          

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Welcome new members and congratulations to those celebrating significant ASLA membership and professional milestones! 

Sarah Ehrhardt, ASLA - 15 years

Ronald Melchert, ASLA - New Member

Do you know someone celebrating a professional milestone?    Let us know!   mailto:secretary@wiasla.com

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Featured Platinum Sponsor Unilock

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