Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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December 2018 37 c ASLA Nebraska-Dakotas Chapter Profile: We are a chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture, uniting North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Working together, the Nebraska- Dakotas Chapter is able to expand the profession of Landscape Architecture throughout our states, and communities. We advance the profession by advocating the issues that affect our members. The chapter provides professional educational programs and generates overall awareness of landscape architecture through our public relations and government affair efforts. ASLA New Mexico Chapter Profile: NMASLA is a statewide professional organization open to landscape architects and their associates including students in the graduate landscape architecture program at the University of New Mexico. Landscape architects lead the stewardship planning and design of our built and natural environments. NMASLA's mission is to advance landscape architecture in New Mexico through advocacy communication education and fellowship. The Great Plains Chapter annual Awards Program and Conference for 2018; Creating, Connecting, & Activating - Landscape Architects Leading the Way; was focused on the essential building blocks for our communities and our profession. We had over 35 of our professionals and 25 of our students from NDSU, SDSU, and UNL attend this successful event in Fargo, ND. We awarded four awards to outstanding projects that emerged from professionals within our chapter. — Award of Merit: Metropolitan Community College Project: Lamp Rynearson, Omaha, Nebraska (above, left) — Award of Merit: David Street Station Project in Casper, Wyoming: Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, Custer, South Dakota (above, middle) — Award of Honor: Centennial Mall Renovation Project in Lincoln, Nebraska: Clark Enersen — Award of Excellence: Reclaiming the Smoky Hill River, in Salina, Kansas: HDR Inc. (above, right) This past year we were faced with two legislative acts that compromised our licensure in South Dakota and Nebraska. Working diligently amongst key professionals in each state and working with our allied professionals we were successful in defeating the Interstate Temporary Licensure Legislation in South Dakota and we are on a clearer path to positively passing legislation within Nebraska that will strengthen our profession. Unfortunately, nationwide defense of our Licensure will be an ongoing advocacy effort. Finally, this past year we have paved the way to better clarify our chapter and region. We will be moving away from the Great Plains Chapter name. The Nebraska- Dakota Chapter of ASLA was approved by the ASLA Board of Trustees this past October in Philadelphia. This new name will allow us to better define our states and represent our membership. By Justin Weathermon, PLA, ASLA 2018 was a busy year for the New Mexico chapter of ASLA. We held our traditional quarterly events, continuously worked to protect our state license by working with our lobbyist to guide advocacy efforts, assisted with several smaller events throughout the year, and hosted the national ASLA Executive Committee during the summer session. Our quarterly events were highlighted by a walking tour of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, which focuses on running a sustainable and eco-friendly business by bringing in locally sourced ingredients to their restaurant while promoting ecological consciousness and historic preservation. There were many excellent guest speakers, and this was our highest attended event of the year. Our members were inspired with a sense of appreciation for not only the history and beautiful garden spaces but also the way that preservation and highlighting local-based economy are brought to the forefront of business. Smaller events NMASLA assisted with included Albuquerque's Neighborwoods program, which aims at working with local neighborhoods to enhance communities by planting trees along street frontages, and educating the public on proper tree selection and planting techniques. This year we were able to assist in supplying and planting over 200 trees to these under- served communities! Left: Chris Wilson, Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at University of New Mexico, is guest speaking at the walking tour of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. Above: Leading the plant demonstration for the Neighborwoods program is Joran Viers, a City of Alburquerque Urban Forester.

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