February 2019 Print

President's Message

Spring seems as far off as it did in December after a few weeks of biting subzero temperatures, covering ground on our yearly snowfall, and needing two hands to count school snow days. Bursting buds and waking bulbs are the last thing on our minds; yet the renewal, growth, and excitement of a new season is upon us.

The WI ASLA Annual Spring Conference is quickly approaching; where landscape architects from across the State of Wisconsin and neighboring states can grow professionally through lifelong learning, celebrate the flowering achievements of our colleagues, and with childlike excitement “splash in the puddles” with friends we have not seen in much too long.   

For young professionals this is an opportunity to network and grow professionally. Maybe find your next employer or mentor.  For licensed and/or seasoned professionals, it is an opportunity to earn the continuing education credits required for your license and find out of the box inspiration. Maybe find your next employee or mentee?  And for everyone, it is an opportunity to strengthen family ties in the close-knit community we share.

For those registered for the conference, we look forward to seeing you!  If you have not registered, what are you waiting for?  Register now!

See you Soon!

Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA, ASLA

WI ASLA Chapter President

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Support LWCF Today!

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is one step closer to permanent authorization. On February 12, the Senate voted to pass S. 47 - The Natural Resources Management Act, also known as the public lands package, in a 92 – 8 vote.  Now this legislation is in the House of Representatives, where Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (AZ) is expected to take up the legislation.

The public lands package would permanently authorize LWCF, restoring this critical conservation and recreation program that has funded projects in every single state and congressional district in the United States. In its 50 years of existence, LWCF has helped communities build parks, recreation centers, trails, and other outdoor spaces for all to enjoy.

To help ensure a favorable outlook for the public lands package in the House, it is more important now than ever for legislators to hear from their constituents. The first votes could come as early as February 25. Write to your representative today to support LWCF. Send a pre-drafted message or write your own message through ASLA iAdvocate.

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ColdSpring Education Session

Thank you ColdSpring for an evening full of laughs, food, and a CEU !  We had a great turnout on February 11th from UW-Madison Landscape Architecture students and it was a great opportunity to learn more about stone, how it’s quarried, and how to properly specify it for projects.  

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LARE Prep Workshop

Thank you Dr. Thomas Nieman for another great LARE review session! The LARE review was held Feb 1-2 at the Pyle Center in Madison.  Dr. Thomas Nieman, Professor Emeritus from University of Kentucky, taught the class. Dr. Nieman reviewed all four sections of the LARE exam.  Ten emerging professionals and students attended the event. WIASLA would like to thank Dr. Nieman for taking the time to drive here from Kentucky to teach the review session.

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Did you Know? Member benefits

Can’t make it to the conference? Need one more PDH? ASLA offers a variety of webinars and recordings for members! Learn more at https://learn.asla.org/asla/

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2019 Spring Conference: Feb 27-28, Italian Community Center, Milwaukee

Registration is now open! Sixteen general education sessions, three general sessions, an ethics session and two walking tours! Italian Community Center, Milwaukee

More information and registration here.

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Allen Centennial Garden Spring Symposium: March 22-23

Allen Centennial Garden is hosting a Spring Symposium March 22-23, 2019. This year’s theme is Resilient Landscapes. Register here: https://uwccs.eventsair.com/acg19symp/reg/Site/Register

More information here.

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Good Health Grows on Trees Conference: May 30

Hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry program, funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. This one-day event will include presentations from dynamic speakers exploring the science behind the impacts of urban and community forests on our physical and mental health, and applications of these findings on the ground. We will hear from a variety of professional perspectives including social science, public health, landscape architecture, city planning and urban forestry.

Early bird rate ($45) ends April 30!

More info & registration here

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Natural Design: An Intensive 2-Day Workshop: April 2-3, Riverwood IL

Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed to achieve them. This intensive, interactive, two-day workshop will provide concrete, real world guidance for designing and documenting all phases of native landscape development. Hosted by New Directions in the American Landscape, cosponsored by Wild Ones Institute of Learning and Development.

More information & registration here.

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We are celebrating some major milestones this month!

15 Years

Robert J Holly, ASLA

25 Years

Samuel F. Dennis Jr., ASLA

Congratulations and Thank You Robert and Sam!

Know anyone celebrating a career milestone? Let us know at

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