May 2018 Print

President's Message

We are in the middle of a very important season in the ASLA calendar where the opportunities to share your voice via surveys, voting, and volunteering is in full bloom. 

Voting for the incoming ASLA National President Elect closed June 4th and the ASLA 2019-2020 Federal & State Legislative Priorities Survey concluded May 31.  These are easy, yet incredibly important, ways for you to share your voice and add value to your ASLA membership. The short time it takes for you to participate in these activities (less time than you next online purchase) is important in determining the direction ASLA will travel in the future.

ASLA is also still looking for volunteers to serve on national committees. Continue the strong tradition of WI ASLA members actively serving and leading these committees by signing up. Deadline is June 29th.  More information can be found later in the newsletter.

If you voted, participated in surveys, or volunteered for a committee this season, thank you!  If not, get on board and be ready for the next opportunity...

…which just happens to be the upcoming 2018 WI ASLA Board Elections. The call for nominations concluded mid-May and the Nominating Committee has been hard at work assembling the ballot. Ballots for the 2018 WI ASLA Election will go out early July via email for voting.  This year is particularly important because Treasurer, (2) Member-At-Large positions, and President-Elect are all on the ballot.  I encourage all WI ASLA members to take a couple minutes to be part of the process in selecting WI ASLA’s future leadership. Thank you and good luck to those who have stepped up to be leaders in the profession by volunteering to be on the ballot.


Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President

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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,, and check out this article from USGBC.

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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

Join our friends at APA-WI and CNU-WI for a free tour of this award winning project and Memorial Union renovation on June 28th! Advance registration recommended.


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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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Step Right Up: Opportunities for ASLA National Committee Service

Over the next several weeks, President-elect Shawn Kelly, FASLA, will be considering appointments for ASLA National committee service during his term as ASLA president (October 22, 2018–November 20, 2019). Click here to learn more and volunteer for service on one or more of the committees. Professional commitment and the desire to contribute through ASLA committee service is all that is required, and you’ll be able to add Wisconsin’s voice at the national level of the organization.

Deadline is midnight, June 29, 2018.

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ASLA Annual Meeting

Don’t forget to register before the Early Bird ends June 29. 

Go to to register. We hope to see you there!

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RFP Opportunity: Green Infrastructure Planting Plan with MMSD

Visit Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Disctrict’s Procurement Page to learn more.

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

Sarah Kotnik, Associate ASLA - New Member 

Stephen E. McCarthy, ASLA - Returning Member

Do you know someone celebrating a professional milestone?    Let us know!

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Featured Platinum Sponsor ANOVA

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