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January 26, 2012 Edit

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Portland Memory Garden PDH Seminar

Portland Memory Garden Celebrates a Decade of Achievement
Press Release, February 2012

The Portland Memory Garden in southeast Portland will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a two-day event called Founders’ Day.

On Saturday, June 2nd from 8:30am to 5:00 pm, the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden will sponsor a panel-discussion seminar at Good Samaritan Hospital that will include a keynote address by Susan Rodiek.

On Sunday, June 3rd the Friends will host a celebratory open house in the Portland Memory Garden from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., which will include guided tours, free nature crafts, music, and refreshments. Both events are open to the public, though registration is required for the Saturday Seminar.

The Portland Memory Garden, located off S.E. Powell at 104th Avenue, was designed to meet the special needs of those with memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and to provide respite for their caregivers. The garden was dedicated in May 2002 and is one of eight “memory gardens” in the U.S., and one of only two built on public land. Last year the Portland Memory Garden was chosen as the recipient of the annual Therapeutic Garden Design Awards sponsored by the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

The Friends of the Portland Memory Garden is a non-profit organization formed in 2008 that, along with Portland Parks and Recreation and the help of volunteers, maintains the garden.

The Friends also sponsors regular activities led by registered horticultural therapists and geared to those with memory disorders and their caregivers.

Participants will earn 6 HSW PDH’s if they participate in the entire days events.

For more information or to volunteer contact Brian Bainnson

January 22, 2012 Edit

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The Intertwine Alliance Summit

via The Intertwine Alliance

What: Intertwine Alliance Summit
Where: Portland City Hall (Quarterly Trails Forum in Ptld Bldg), 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
When: February 3rd, 2012, 2pm - 6pm

Please join civic and elected leaders and professionals from across the Portland - Vancouver region for the largest Intertwine Alliance summit yet with afternoon workshops and an after-hours happy hour celebration and networking event:

Afternoon Workshops

2:00 to 4:10 Quarterly Trails and Active Transportation Forum, with a featured presentation by Claire Robinson, Executive Director of Amigos De Los Rios of Los Angeles.

Location: Portland Building Second Floor Auditorium

2:00 to 4:10 Presentation of the nearly-complete Regional Conservation Strategy plus a featured panel discussion with Melinda Pruett-Jones, Executive Director and Laurel Ross, Chair of Chicago Wilderness and John Cronin, Executive Director of Houston Wilderness

Location: Portland City Hall Council Chamber

2:30 to 4:10 The Intertwine Conservation Education Leadership Council meets, plus a featured presentation by Richard Cron, Houston Wilderness.

Location:Pettygrove Room at City Hall

4:20 to 5:30 Intertwine Alliance Summit

Share your success stories. Hear from from conservation leaders from Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Learn about the region's first Regional Conservation Strategy. Get introduced to The Intertwine Alliance's new website, which integrates parks and trails information from agencies and nonprofits across the region. Hear news and updates from across the region.

Location: Portland City Hall Council Chamber

5:30 Happy Hour and Networking

Network with your peers and meet conservation leaders from across the US.

Location: Portland City Hall Atrium

More Information

January 22, 2012 Edit

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NCI Charrette Trainings in Portland

via the National Charrette Institute

This is our first training to offer hands-on learning in high-tech tools for distance participation and meeting facilitation including the use of touch-tables and keypad polling. Learn the tools and techniques for planning and managing a project with full collaboration and support. Practice indispensable skills for facilitating contentious public meetings. Gain your basic and advanced NCI certificates in one week. Register early and save.

“This is an excellent course which gives participants tools that can be used beyond the charrette process and is valuable in day to day project management.” (Karl Soderholm, VP/Director of Landscape Architecture, England-Thims & Miller, Inc.
These trainings and all live webinars are all accredited with the AIA for continuing education system (CES) units, with the AICP for certification maintenance (CM) credits, the ASLA for LA CES professional development hours (PDH), and the Congress for the New Urbanism for CNU-A continuing education credits.

*Students: We have limited scholarships available for students. Please e-mail us ( for information and application instructions. Applications due 2/3/12.

See here for more information:

Thank you,

Heidi Haberbush, Program Coordinator
503-233-8486 FAX 503-233-1811

National Charrette Institute
1028 SE Water Ave, Suite 245
Portland, OR 97214 

January 22, 2012 Edit

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BCSLA Call for Papers

via the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects

The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) is pleased to request a call for papers for the 2012 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase and Annual General Meeting “DIVERSITY”, to be held April 13th and 14th at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC).

The BCSLA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity for design professionals, practitioners, and key stakeholders, from the public and private sector, academia, and the community to come together to share ideas and projects. The goal of this year’s conference is to illustrate the diversity that we find in the urban landscape so that we further develop the techniques and tools of our profession.

Best regards,

Jessica Tan, Administrative Assistant
BC Society of Landscape Architects

January 22, 2012 Edit

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Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowshiop

via the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship will be awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the 2012-13 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship will be awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.

This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potentials for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the GSD’s history of pedagogic innovation as well as the Department of Landscape Architecture’s century of leadership in landscape education.

Landscape architects and designers from a range of allied design professions who can demonstrate a significant engagement with landscape as a medium of design in the public realm are invited to apply.

The Selection Process
A jury comprised of leading figures from the Harvard GSD faculty including the incumbent Kiley Fellow will select the 2012 Kiley Fellow. The two-stage competition process will identify a short-list of three finalists who will be invited to interviews with the competition jury. The jury will recommend a winner and runner-up to be announced publicly in March 2012.


Pierre Belanger, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Anita Berrizbeitia, Professor of Landscape Architecture

Andrea Hansen, Kiley Fellow (2011-12) and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Jane Hutton, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Hashim Sarkis, Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies

Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture

How to Apply
Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):

Current curriculum vitae
One-page proposal describing the design/research project to be undertaken
Digital portfolio of design work articulating landscape as a medium
of design for the public realm
Names and contact information for 3 references (to be contacted at the finalist stage)
Please name the PDF Lastname_Firstname.pdf
Submit the PDF by email attachment to

Return of Materials and Usage
All documents submitted through the application process will become the property of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and may be used, with proper attribution, at a future date by the School for noncommercial purposes in any media or format.

March 1, 2012: Deadline for Receipt of Applications
March 15-30, 2012 : Finalist Interviews and Jury Selection
March 30, 2012: Kiley Fellow Announced
July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013: Kiley Fellow appointed Lecturer
Aug 15, 2012-May 30, 2013: Kiley Fellow in Residence at Harvard GSD

For more information, email or call (617) 495-2367.

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Elevate your understanding of landscape by taking it to a higher level. ASLA Oregon invites you to expand your thinking over two days of inspired guest speakers, discussions and a design charrette. Join us for learning and networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to earn valuable professional development hours (PDH’s).

promotional mailer PDF

more information + registration

2012 sponsorship opportunities

2012 supporting sponsor - only $100!

Your company name will be featured on the event program! 

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What is the Nature of Your City?

via Portland Northwest College of Art

What is the Nature of Your City?

Across the world, cities are bringing back nature to help address urban challenges. We are healthier when we are closer to nature. We have a greater respect for the environment that sustains us. We are more adaptable to change when we let nature do its work.

Join us for a free presentation by Dr. Timothy Beatley, renowned expert in sustainable city planning and author of the book Biophilic Cities. Dr. Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. He will share his experience and knowledge of cities across the world that have made strides to integrate nature into our neighborhoods and communities.

A Presentation on Biophilic Cities with Dr. Timothy Beatley
January 18th, 2012
6:00-8:00 PM
Portland Northwest College of Art - Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson
Portland, OR 97209

This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the City of Portland's Environmental Services and Office of Healthy Working Rivers,
Illahee, The Intertwine Alliance, and The Urban Greenspaces Institute

Questions? Contact Roxi Thoren

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Urban & Community Forestry Conference

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ASLA 2012 Awards Call for Entries

via ASLA Nationals

Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and
in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients,
and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO
in Phoenix, September 28–October 1, 2012.

For more information and to register CLICK HERE

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Allied Works Architecture: Occupation

via The Portland Art Museum

Allied Works Architecture: Occupation

Thu, 26 Jan, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Portland Art Museum

Brad Cloepfil
Architect and Founder, Allied Works Architecture

The designer of many notable buildings, Cloepfil, will speak about the firm’s recent work and ideas. Recent projects include the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary, and the Vancouver Community Connector in Washington. After the lecture, join Cloepfil for a book signing of Allied Works Architecture Brad Cloepfil: Occupation.

Free for members or with Museum admission.
Tickets are limited and available online or on site. 

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OLCA Portland Chapter Bowling Fundraising Event

via Oregon Landscape Contractor's Association 


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Reverse Vendor Trade Show

via Oregon Public Purchasing Association and Columbia Chapter of NIGP

Attached is a detailed flyer for the Reverse Vendor Trade Show to be held March 6, 2012 at the Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

Please note: An earlier flyer had incorrect email for Sherry Taylor. Correct email is

The Trade Show will begin at 10:00 a.m.; doors will be open for sponsors at 9:00 a.m. Vendors who choose to be a sponsor of the 7th Annual Reverse Vendor Trade Show will have an additional hour to meet with agency representatives.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Reverse Vendor Trade Show!

Oregon Public Purchasing Association and Columbia Chapter of NIGP

Contact Sherry Taylor for More Information

Download Event Flyer

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Plant Pathologist – Do You Want to Be One?

via Jenni McNeal @

Plant Pathologist – Do you want to be one?

Plant pathologists are medical doctors for plants. They study the diseases suffered by plants, primarily in agricultural crops. Plant pathologists do the same thing for plants that veterinarians do for animals, but they are far more important. After all, while the death of Fido is surely a tragedy, it has never resulted in a widespread famine. Plant pathologists work to find the best means of control and prevention of plant disease, protecting the environment and ensuring a nation's adequate supply of food. To be a good plant pathologist, one needs to learn, and be able to integrate, plant science, environmental science, microbiology and other various disciplines. Due to the complexity involved and the education required, a career in plant pathology offers great challenge and substantial reward.

How are plant diseases controlled?
According to a career overview from the American Phytopathological Society (APS), diseases in plants are caused by a variety of living organisms, which are called pathogens. These pathogens include parasitic plants, phytoplasmas and different types of fungi. Additionally, the APS states that diseases in plants are also brought on by "nonliving agents," specifically pointing out pollution, nutrient imbalances and environmental factors. Plant pathologists manage disease by altering the pathogen, the environment or the host plant. Developing a resistant strain through breeding, for example, would be one way of altering the host plant, while implementing pesticides controls the pathogen or its environment. The ultimate goal for a plant pathologist is finding a way to effectively control plant disease without financially crippling the growers or harming consumers or the environment. Due to the importance and difficulty of this goal, extensive research has to be conducted before any control method can be safely recommended for an entire crop. When in the field, plant pathology professionals work alongside insect, weed and crop management experts, as well as plant breeders, to develop economical and environmentally-friendly ways to conserve resources, protect the environment and keep food safe for human consumers. The responsibility is a large one.

What kinds of problems do plant pathologists face?
Plant pathologists are constantly met with new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Many people are unaware of how many problems crops can face, even those that are seemingly easy to grow. According to an online publication by North Carolina State University's Department of Plant Pathology, potatoes alone struggle with numerous problems in North Carolina, where 80 percent of the crop is used for potato chips. Season after season, North Carolina's potato crop continues to struggle with weeds, disease, insects, imbalanced soil fertility and poor stand establishment.

Job security and diversity for plant pathologists
For plant pathologists, there is no end of the line. New diseases continue to develop, and old diseases often decide to toughen up, gaining immunity to control methods that once worked like charms. So long as plants remain and people continue to eat, jobs for plant pathologists are here to stay. Without plant pathologists to diagnose and manage such problems, farmers would face huge losses and the food supply would be severely affected. Careers in plant pathology don't have to be pursued on the farm. In fact, there are many different types of work available for these professionals. According to the APS, plant pathologists can seek careers with universities, diagnostic laboratories, biological control companies or even government agencies like State departments of agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Job duties can also vary. Pathologists can find jobs researching, teaching, consulting and inspecting crops for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), further diversifying the position and offering pathologists a wide scope of career options.

What is required to be a plant pathologist?
Nearly every field of plant pathology will require a degree. Luckily, many universities offer a variety of different degrees in plant pathology. For example, according to North Carolina State University's list of degrees and requirements, there are several degrees available for those interested in plant pathology:

Plant Pathology Minor
To receive a Plant Pathology Minor degree, students have to complete at least nine course-credit hours. These hours must be completed in letter-grade graduate level courses in plant pathology.

Master of Plant Pathology
A Master of Plant Pathology (MPP) degree is harder to get, but it is a non-thesis degree, which takes off a bit of the pressure. Students have to complete 30 course credit-hours, which includes all core courses and the successful completion of between three and six hours of non-thesis research.

Master of Science
Getting a Master of Science degree is challenging. Like the requirements for the Master of Plant Pathology degree, students seeking a Master of Science degree must complete 30 course credit-hours, complete all core courses and have six credit hours in additional graduate plant pathology courses. Additionally, students are required to write a Master's Thesis on original research and obtain at least six course credits in Master's Thesis Research.

Doctor of Philosophy
The requirements for a doctorate in plant pathology are demanding. Students aiming for their doctorates must complete a minimum of 72 course credit-hours, only 18 of which can come from a master's degree, complete all core courses and have a minimum of 12 credit-hours in additional graduate plant pathology courses. In addition, students must craft a Doctoral Dissertation based on original research. It may seem like a lot of work, but the compensation is generous. Depending on the level of education and experience, the average pay for a plant pathologist is between $25.88 and $35.26 per hour. This is between $5,023 and $6,132 per month. Plant pathology is an essential part of maintaining the world's food supply. Pathologists often work with various agricultural specialists to find safe and economic ways to control disease. Pathogens and other environmental factors cause diseases in plants, and pathologists control them by changing the host plant, the pathogen or the environment. A career in plant pathology will require a degree, but many universities offer them.

Questions? Contact Jenni McNeal @

January 10, 2012 Edit

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ASLA Legislative Victories, Potential Future Successes

via LAND e-news from ASLA

In 2011, ASLA successfully worked with federal legislators and other policymakers on a number of issues that benefit landscape architects and their small businesses. As the first session of the 112th Congress concluded, ASLA celebrated a number of legislative victories and set the stage for future policy successes on behalf of the landscape architecture profession.

Economic Recovery for Landscape Architects
One of the most important legislative victories for ASLA came on November 19, 2011, when President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 674, legislation to repeal the law that required a 3 percent withholding on all payments from federal, state, and local government. With the repeal of this law, businesses, including landscape architecture firms, will not be forced to forfeit 3 percent of all payments received from federal, state, and local governments for services rendered under government contracts. As a member of the Government Withholding Relief Coalition, ASLA worked diligently to repeal this law that would have been onerous for many landscape architecture firms, including restricting the much-needed cash flow of these firms.

In 2011, ASLA also urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) not to increase the cap for gross annual revenues for consideration as a small landscape architecture business for federal government contracting purposes from $7 million to $19 million. With 80 percent of all landscape architecture firms having less than $1 million in gross annual revenue, raising the dollar amount to $19 million for consideration as a small business could severely disadvantage nearly all landscape architecture firms in the country. Currently, SBA is reviewing ASLA’s recommendation not to increase the dollar amount and will respond in the near future.

Transportation Planning and Design
Federal transportation policy was an important priority for ASLA in 2011. ASLA Government Affairs worked diligently to protect and preserve transportation programs critical to landscape architects, including the Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails programs, while also advocating for a new federal Complete Streets policy.

In 2011, ASLA staved off several attacks to the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program when U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (OK), John McCain (AZ), and Rand Paul (KY) each offered an amendment to various transportation bills to eliminate or gut the highly successful TE program. During consideration of each of these amendments, ASLA and its grassroots activists urged their senators to reject these amendments and pointed out the myriad of benefits provided by the TE program, including the economic benefits to communities and critical jobs for landscape architects. As a result of these advocacy efforts, the Senate rejected these amendments and left the TE program intact for now.

After years of consistent advocacy efforts by ASLA Government Affairs and the ASLA grass roots, another important legislative victory came on December 14, 2011, when the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously adopted an amendment authored by Senators Mark Begich (AK) and John Thune (SD) to establish a federal Complete Streets policy. Specifically, the Begich/Thune amendment would call on the Secretary of Transportation to “establish standards to ensure that the design of federal surface transportation projects provides for the safe and adequate accommodation, in all phases of project planning, development, and operation, of users of the transportation network, including motorized and nonmotorized users.” Under the amendment, states with their own Complete Streets policies would get a waiver from the federal policy. The Begich/Thune amendment was adopted as part of S. 1950, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act, which is the Senate Commerce Committee’s portion of the reauthorization of the surface transportation law that addresses freight and safety issues. This is the first time that a federal Complete Streets policy has been included in a major piece of federal legislation.

While these are important successes for the landscape architecture profession, ASLA will continue its efforts in 2012 to ensure that the final reauthorization of the surface transportation law includes a federal Complete Streets policy and robust TE, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails programs.

Promoting Green Infrastructure
In the 112th Congress, ASLA Government Affairs continued its work to promote the use of green infrastructure to address a number of national issues, including managing water. In 2011, ASLA submitted 479 case studies on landscape architecture projects that successfully and sustainably manage stormwater to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As EPA prepares to unveil a proposed rule to strengthen the national stormwater program, these projects will demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of using green infrastructure to help manage our nation’s stormwater. To further highlight green infrastructure and landscape architecture design techniques, on May 26, 2011, ASLA hosted more than 60 congressional, administration, and affiliated organization staff for the ASLA congressional briefing, tour, and reception on our award-winning green roof.

ASLA also worked with Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM) to reintroduce the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act (H.R. 2030, S. 1115) (, which would provide assistance to communities that want to employ green infrastructure projects to address their water quality and quantity needs. ASLA is working to gain cosponsors for the measures and move them through the legislative process.

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Phoenix 2012: Call for Annual Meeting Presentations Issued

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ASLA has announced the call for presentations for the 2012 Annual Meeting and EXPO, to be held September 28–October 1 in Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center. The deadline for education session proposals is January 20, and detailed information is available online.

More than 6,000 attendees are expected, and the meeting will feature a diverse spectrum of industry experts speaking on a wide range of subjects, from sustainable design to active living to best practices and new technologies. More than 130 education sessions and field sessions will be presented during the meeting, providing attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. Many of the sessions will also qualify for continuing education credit with the Green Building Certification Institute (toward LEED AP credential maintenance), the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and other allied professional organizations and state registration boards.

The 2011 Annual Meeting and EXPO in San Diego featured more than 460 exhibits as well as 135 education sessions for the 5,571 registered attendees—the second-largest attendance in ASLA history. For an overview of the 2011 sessions, see

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EPA Issues Request for Data on Impervious Ground Cover

via LAND e-news from ASLA

As the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) crafts a draft national stormwater rule it continues to seek the expertise of landscape architects. Earlier this year hundreds of landscape architects answered the call and submitted nearly 500 green infrastructure case studies to help demonstrate the economic, environmental, and social value of these techniques. As the rule making progresses, the EPA is seeking the additional input of ASLA members to help further its understanding of where, when, and why landscape architects use green infrastructure to manage stormwater. The EPA needs your technical expertise once again.

Specifically EPA’s Office of Water is looking for information on projects designed to reduce the amount of impervious cover on site to manage stormwater runoff. Please click HERE to access a brief survey on imperviousness. Please return the completed survey to Thank you in advance for taking the time to help the EPA address technical issues on behalf of ASLA.

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ASLA Announces Slate of National Candidates

via LAND e-news from ASLA

Three 2013–2014 vice presidential offices and the office of 2013 president-elect in play.

The following members will comprise the 2012 slate of candidates for the ASLA offices of president-elect; vice president, finance; vice president, membership; and vice president, professional practice. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order by office.

LAND will provide complete election coverage in the coming months, beginning with the publication of the candidates’ election statements in early March. The candidates for president-elect will also be participating in the LAND president-elect candidate forum in April and May, and the text of their speeches to the Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council in mid-May will also appear in LAND.

The vice presidential election will be held during the Board of Trustees midyear meeting on May 11-12, 2012. Voting in the general election for president-elect by the professional membership will open on Monday, May 14, and close at midnight PDT on Wednesday, June 13. The Tellers Committee will convene on Friday, June 22, to review and verify the election results.

The candidates are:

2013 President-Elect
Mark Allen Focht, FASLA
Vaughn B. Rinner, ASLA

2013-2014 VP Finance
David L. Lycke, FASLA
Richard H. Powell, ASLA

2013-2014 VP Membership
Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA
Steven N. Rodie, ASLA

2013-2014 VP Professional Practice
Hunter L. Beckham, ASLA
Annette P. Wilkus, ASLA