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Vermont Will Try Again on Licensure Law

HB 689/SB 210 is the Vermont practice act to establish a new law regulating the practice of landscape architecture in the state and restrict the use of the title "landscape architect." The bill was referred to the House government operations committee in Feb. 2004 and to the Senate government operations committee in Jan. 2004. aThe bill died in both legislatures.

Jim Donovan, senior landscape architect with Wilbur Smith Associates, told LASN at the ASLA Expo in Salt Lake City that the bill is ready for another go-around. Mr. Donovan oversees licensure matters for the Vermont ASLA chapter. He indicated that the wording has been amended to make the bill agreeable to the engineering community, and feels optimistic about the passage of the bill in 2005.

Miami City Council
"Tentatively" Acts on Tree Cutting Issue

The revised rules would make removing the local "nuisance" tree, the black olive, easier.

To cut a tree in Miami, you need a permit from the city landscape architect, Jeffrey Siegel. Not all residents, however, have been granted such a requested permit and want an arbiter for such decisions.

After meetings and discussions over the last year, the Miami City Council on Oct. 27, 2004 "tentatively" voted 4-1 to create an appeals committee for tree-cutting decisions by the landscape architect. The committee would comprise three city residents appointed by elected officials and meet as needed. The committee’s decisions would be appealed to the council.

The revised rules would also make removing the local nuisance tree species easier--black olive trees, whose inedible fruit litters sidewalks.

The city council is scheduled for a final vote on the new rules on Dec. 1, 2004.

Some Foresters Want 'Green' Certification

Green certification of forest products is an emerging market that’s gaining ground in places like Washington state that encourage environmentally sound building techniques for big public projects. In addition, major retailers including Home Depot and Lowe’s have buying policies that favor certified wood. Most of the flooring Starbucks buys is green certified, and Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is a big buyer, said Michael Washburn, vice president of forestry and marketing for the U.S. chapter of the Forest Stewardship Council. Soon, several western Washington forest owners will band together in their own certification group. At most a five-year contract will cost them $1,000, and they'll get help marketing eco-friendly wood to mills. Their goal is to have 50 or 60 members with some 80,000 certified acres by the end of 2006.

CALFED Bill Signed into Law

President Bush signed the historic Water Supply, Reliability and Improvement Act, bipartisan federal legislation reauthorizing the state-federal CALFED Bay-Delta Program. The legislation authorizes a total of $389 million to the program through 2010 for water supply, water quality, flood control and environmental restoration efforts.

“With this action, we took a major step towards bringing California’s water infrastructure into the 21st century, thanks to President Bush and California’s determined representatives in Congress,” said ACWA President Jerry Gladbach. “As we continue to implement the CALFED Program over the next five years and beyond, we will help expand and improve the quality of essential water supplies statewide. Just as importantly, it will do so while protecting our environment and the flood control facilities that California’s communities rely upon.”

In the House and Senate, California’s representatives have devoted several years to getting a bill to the President. The CALFED legislation originally proposed in the House was drafted by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Riverside), and co-sponsored by Rep. Grace Naplitano (D-Santa Fe Springs). Calvert’s Water and Power subcommittee held CALFED hearings across the state in 2003. After the hearings and several re-draftings over the course of the 108th Congress, the bill’s eventual co-sponsor list this year swelled to 31, and became a top priority of House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-Stockton).

In the Senate, California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) introduced her companion bill in May of 2003. Pombo worked closely this year with Senator Dianne Feinstein to craft the compromise bill eventually passed by the Senate and signed by the President yesterday. In both houses, bipartisanship and collaboration were the hallmark of the CALFED legislation from day one.

“The process used to hammer out a successful bill has truly showed California’s delegation at its best,” said ACWA Executive Director Steve Hall. “This legislation will further the President’s environmental agenda, and recognizes the importance of water to our economy and way of life.”

ACWA is a statewide non-profit organization whose 447 public agency members are collectively responsible for 90 percent of the water delivered in California

For more information about the CALFED program, go to

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