May 2018 Print

President's Message

Seasons are again changing, and we shift from World Landscape Architecture Month to spring…finally… well at least in Southern Wisconsin. For those up north, spring is on its way!

If you missed out on World Landscape Architecture Month, please go to the WLAM 2018 Tag Board to see what students and professionals across the country are up to.  No social media account needed!  A big thank you to Sarah McDonald (Member at Large & PR/Communications Chair) for her leadership during WLAM and committee members Mike Marlin and Dan Schmitt. Thank you also to MaraLee Olson Design Studio for their avid WI ASLA reposts and PR contributions throughout April.

April was also the conclusion of the WI ASLA awards season with the presentation of the ASLA Student Awards and two WI ASLA Scholarships at the Jensen-Longenecker Banquet. Congratulations to all the award and scholarship recipients at the Jensen-Longenecker Banquet!  Thank you to Brad Bertram (Member at Large & Awards Committee Chair) for managing the awards process and reinvigorating our scholarship program.  Thank you to committee member Alex Thiel and all the jurors who assisted in the awards process.  A belated thank you to ASLA North Carolina for jurying our 2018 Professional Awards earlier this year. 

The end of April brought ASLA Advocacy Day & Spring Meeting. Over 200 landscape architects from across the county swarmed Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on a perfect spring day to advocate for the Living Shorelines Act, The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, and the Environmental Justice Act. The WI ASLA Advocacy Day contingent included myself, Gary Brown, FASLA (Trustee), Sarah McDonald (Member at Large), Shawn Kelly, FASLA (ASLA President Elect) and Pamela Linn (ASLA Audit Committee).  To learn more and urge your lawmakers to take action go to

Finally, WI ASLA was awarded the 2018 ASLA Chapter of the Year Advocacy Award.  A well-deserved award for our advocacy efforts in defense of licensure for landscape architects in Wisconsin.  Thank you to Cody Axness (Past President) and Jay Gehler (Advocacy Chair) for their leadership and everyone who contacted their representatives and spoke at meetings. 


Jonathan L Bronk, PLA, ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President 

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ASLA Election Voting Now Open

Check your email for your unique link/login info to vote for future ASLA leadership! Bio information is on the ballot. Voting is open until June 4.

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2018 WI ASLA Student Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 WI ASLA Student Award recipients! This is a very talented group of future landscape architects. Keep an eye out for them!

Honor / Saige Henkel

Merit / Jules West

Finalist / Cameron Braatz

Finalist / Brandi Backus

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2018 WI ASLA Student Scholarships

Congratulations 2018 WI ASLA Scholarship recipients!

Adam Scott

Rachel Nicolaison

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ASLA Student Awards Call For Entries: May 7/May 21

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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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! Advance registration recommended


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ANOVA Grant Competition: April 13 - May 14

Now Accepting Submissions!

The ANOVA Grant Competition is now accepting Submissions! Winners will receive a $2,000 grant to fund their participation in the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Submissions will be accepted now through May 14th. Along with the grant, all 21 winners will be recognized on the ANOVA website and at the 2018 ASLA Meeting. The single best answer will receive first-place recognition.

This year's topic: Describe a space that influenced your career in landscape architecture, which can help others relate to the profession. 

Contestants will need to:

  1. Submit their answer in 500 words or less
  2. Draw a quick "napkin sketch"
  3. Provide a short summary

To submit your entry, or see full contest and eligibility details, please click on the green button below! 

If you would like to receive text message alerts for deadline reminders, please click here: to sign up.  

Remember #DontSweatTheSketch

David Traphagen, Affiliate ASLA | Regional Sales Manager IL, IN, MI, WI

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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! 

Amanda M. Piala, ASLA - New Member

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

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Featured Platinum Sponsor ANOVA

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