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ASLA & NPS Celebrate a Year

In 2000, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Park Service formalized a partnership to help communities across the nation plan, design, and manage their natural, cultural, and recreation resources. Credit: American Society of Landscape Architects and National Park Service

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announces its renewed collaborative partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program, which also celebrates ASLA's Year of Public Service.

With this partnership, ASLA's local chapters will volunteer in their communities, working with NPS staff to provide technical assistance for such outdoor resources, as trails, bike paths, and other recreation facilities. Thus far, dozens of community projects have benefitted from this valuable collaboration, and the two groups are excited to ramp up their efforts in 2013.

ASLA has designated 2013 as the Year of Public Service to spotlight the community service performed by landscape architects across the nation, and to engage the public in the landscape architecture profession.

Among the design professions, landscape architects play the most significant role in encouraging active living. Landscape architects create and design environments that encourage daily exercise, provide clean air and water, and even supply nutritious food. This helps combat growing epidemics of depression, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

"Both ASLA and the National Park Service have goals in common, including creating a national network of healthy, sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities," said Somerville. "We encourage our local chapters to collaborate with the National Park Service on mutually beneficial projects, and undertake at least one public service project this year."

National Park Service director, Jonathan B. Jarvis, said "Partnerships like this one between the National Park Service and ASLA give communities access to expert planners and designers so they can turn their ideas into actions. We are proud to support healthy communities and extend the missions of the National Park Service and ASLA to all Americans."

For more information about the ASLA please visit, and to learn more about the NPS visit

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