August 2018 Print

President's Message

August. It’s hard to believe summer is waning and fall is not far off with the thoughts of the school year and elections dancing in our heads.  Fall also means an uptick in WI ASLA activity. Here is what’s dancing around our chapter.

You are cordially invited to the 2018 WI ASLA Annual Meeting October 11 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.  This year we are working on a half day program that will include continuing education, the Fall Social, dinner, and our yearly update on chapter business.  It is an opportunity to catch up on what the chapter has been up to over the past year, see old friends, and network with colleagues. Stay tuned for details.

Save the date for the 2019 WI ASLA Annual Spring Conference on February 27 & 28, 2019. We will have a new home at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee and the Spring Conference Committee is already hard at work exploring the possibilities of our new venue. This year’s theme is “Faces of the Landscape”. We are exploring a great line up of keynote speakers and encourage everyone to consider submitting a presentation proposal when the call goes out later this year.

Park(ing) Day is September 21. WI ASLA, with support from Maglin Site Furniture this year, will again have two parking stalls on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Madison. If there are any firms interested in joining us for parking day with their own stall, reach out and we can answer any questions you have. It’s a fun event and a great way to engage the public by creating temporary outdoor spaces.

The elections this fall will shape the future of our local communities, our state, and our nation. But if politics is not your cup of tea, consider meeting with your representative or their staffer to talk about landscape architecture. Tell them what landscape architecture is and what you do as a landscape architect or landscape designer.  Tell them your story. The simple act of bringing awareness to elected officials about our profession and how we protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public is critical as we face potential licensure deregulation, grant cuts, and legislation that could impact our practices, our profession, our environment, and our communities.  Every voice matters.

Finally, as your children return to school this fall look for opportunities to talk to students about landscape architecture.  ASLA has released the Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Book  and is a fun and easy way to engage students and adults of any age.  If you do not have children, those opportunities are still out there. Contact your local school district, Girl Scout Troop, Boy Scout Troop, etc. They are always looking for volunteers.

Enjoy the late days of summer. Bring on the crisp days of fall!


Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President

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WI ASLA Park(ing) Day: September 21

Park(ing) Day 2018 is just over a month away on Friday, September 21. This is always a fun event and is great publicity for our profession, both to the general public and our legislators. We can always use more helping hands! If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions about securing your own Parking Day event, let us know!

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Save the Date/2018 WI ASLA Annual Meeting: October 11

You are cordially invited to join us October 11, 2018 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for the 2018 WI ASLA Annual Meeting. Continuing education, the Fall Social, dinner, and a recap of what WI ASLA has been up to over the past year are on the agenda. Stay tuned for more details.

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Save the Date/2019 WI ASLA Spring Conference: Feb 27-28

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ASLA Firm Finder

ASLA launched the new FirmFinder tool last week.  FirmFinder is now fully searchable by location and area of specialty.  ASLA members can enhance their firm profiles at no extra cost, adding information and images related to their firm’s services.

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Ask Me Anything

The next ‘Ask Me Anything’ features Diane Jones Allen, ASLA of DesignJones on August 14 at 3pm EDT LIVE, from ASLA’s Facebook page.  Get to know experienced professionals that may be able to share successes, failures, ethos, work/life balance and what they have to bring to the profession of landscape architecture. Be prepared to ask them anything!

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Professional Practice

Summer of SITES® Enrich your summer with the SITES® Accredited Professional exam: Now through September 3, ASLA is offering a $100 discount off the SITES AP Exam for the first 150 registrants to use the promo code 2018ASLAPROMO.

Click here for registration instructions.  Register for the exam here.

The SITES accredited professional exam provides landscape architects with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the profession. It also establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development.

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Land Water Conservation Fund Update

During the third week of July, working with coalition partners and our grassroots advocates, ASLA Government Affairs helped defeat two amendments on the floor of the House of Representatives that would have eliminated all funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). ASLA activated the iAdvocate network urging members to oppose amendments #111 and #129 to H.R. 6147, the Interior-Environment, and Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2019. These amendments, both offered by Representative Andy Biggs (AZ), were direct attacks on LWCF and were specifically devised to drive a wedge between conservation and recreation groups by taking money from LWCF and giving it to either/or the National Parks Service’s (NPS) maintenance backlog or to pay down the U.S. Forest Services’ deficit.

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Take Action for Environmental Justice!

Recently, ASLA activated the iAdvocate Network to urge members to contact their legislators to support environmental justice legislation moving through Congress. ASLA advocates have sent about 1,200 messages to the legislators urging them to cosponsor the Environmental Justice Act of 2017 (H.R. 4114, S. 1996).  If you haven’t already done so, please SEND A MESSAGE today.

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