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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2019) –The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has long advocated for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). For over fifty years, LWCF has protected lands in every state and congressional district in the nation and provided funds for over 41,000 state and local park projects.

And today, thanks to the relentless efforts of ASLA and our members, the president signed a permanent authorization of LWCF into law.

“From Black Rock Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, to North Tangipahoa Parish Park in Louisiana, to Crescent Harbor Playground in Alaska, LWCF gives landscape architects the ability to plan and design parks and recreational facilities that are resilient, beneficial, and beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “The permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is an incredible victory for ASLA, our members, and our partners. This critical program will help lead our nation to a healthier, more sustainable future that is accessible for all.”

LWCF is one of the only federal programs that provides dedicated funds for local and community parks and recreational facilities. This gives communities access to green spaces while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The permanent authorization of LWCF ensures landscape architects and other design and planning professionals have the funds needed to complete safe and accessible community plans.

The LWCF provision is part of a bipartisan comprehensive public lands bill renamed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, which will protect millions of acres of public lands, provide countless recreation opportunities for the nation, while also creating tourism and economic development benefits.

In addition to authorizing LWCF, the law, signed today by the president includes another ASLA priority—the Every Kid in a Park program. Every Kid in a Park introduces our youth to the beauty and benefits of the natural world by giving fourth graders and their families passes to our national parks and public lands.

Charlene LeBleu

Charlene LeBleu, FASLA, AICP, is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and President of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). For 14 years, her primary areas of interest and research have been focused on water quality issues, especially issues related to green infrastructure and low impact development design. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), a member of the ASLA Education and Practice PPN, ,and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

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Judd Langham

Judd Langham, is a Campus Planner at Auburn University where he assists with long-range planning and master plan initiatives, coordinates development design review, and provides urban design and landscape architecture expertise by way of analyses, designs, program management and the promotion of sustainable criteria. Judd is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED accredited professional. He previously worked for a variety of firms and organizations including OLIN, a landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at OLIN, his work included campus projects at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Wendy Miller

Wendy Miller, FASLA, has spent over 30 years as a registered landscape architect focusing on urban design and transportation. Miller’s career started in the public sector working in local government developing environmental ordinances and promoting aesthetic improvements through design, project development, and public awareness. Her transition to transportation planning and policy with the Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization opened a new avenue of work and commitment to creating humane transportation infrastructure. Miller believes having landscape architects involved in shaping transportation corridors – our most ubiquitous public space – is critical.

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The time of year is here again for the annual Mississippi Chapter CSI Product Show.  It is still the largest and longest running COMMERCIAL product show in Mississippi!  As you can see on the attached, the seminars promise to be outstanding, and I think both may interest landscape architects.  One deals with ceramic tile and the other deals with custom woodwork.  Also, I’m excited to say that our own Martha Hill, representing Earthscape, will be part of the show!  Sooooo, anyone wanting to check out current construction products and get a free meal, I hope that’s an offer they can’t refuse.  There are costs associated with the seminars, but each has CEU credits.  Just click on the links in the invitation and seminar forms to register for the seminars and the product show.

Phillip L. McDade FCSI, CCS, FASLA

2019 Mississippi CSI Show Invitation (1)


H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, a bill to restart the National Scenic Byways Program nomination process, is expected to get a vote on the House floor on Wednesday, February 6.

The bill would direct the Secretary of Transportation to reopen the National Scenic Byways Program to new nominations. The program has designated 150 special roads around the country as National Scenic Byways since its inception in 1991. The last round of designations occurred in 2009, and Congress pulled support for the program in 2012.

Scenic byways both protect America’s scenic and historic places and contribute to strong local economies. A recent survey found that 44 state scenic byways in 24 states are prepared to seek designation as National Scenic Byways – proving the program is needed!  The Federal Highway Administration stated that reopening this program would not require additional funding – it simply requires congressional approval.

Write to your member of Congress today to urge them to VOTE YES on H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act