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A Call to Honor Conservation Legacy
of Teddy Roosevelt

Heavy snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park is just one particular cause for concern.

Washington, D.C.– On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, landmark legislation to protect historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest for future generations.

On June 8, 2004, the anniversary of the legislation, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups were vocal in expressing their concerns for the current state of our national parks and monuments. Specifically, they identified these problem areas for the national parks:

According to Jim DiPeso, policy director of the Republicans for Environmental Protection, "As Theodore Roosevelt said, 'conservation is our patriotic duty.' We must rediscover the moral commitment to conservation that the Antiquities Act embodies and pass on our nation’s rich heritage to unborn generations.”

“The Bush administration has systematically reversed the strong conservation legacy that President Teddy Roosevelt started when he signed the Antiquities Act 98 years ago," observed Carl Pope, Sierra Club executive director. "We must act now to restore and protect the clean air, clear vistas, and unscathed landscapes that should be the standard for America’s public lands.”

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a prime example of air pollution. It's asserted that visibility in summer months is down from 77 miles to 15. Further, the park's maintenance backlog is nearly $170 million.

Snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park each winter is so heavy that it not only disrupts the quiet splendor of our nation’s first national park, but has prompted some park employees to wear gas masks in protest.

Oil and gas development has increased under the Bush administration, with oil rigs and drilling pads making their way onto lands protected as parks and monuments. Padre Island National Seashore, the longest undeveloped barrier beach in the world and home to the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, is now occupied by a series of drilling sites.

A recent survey by the Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees of 12 representative national parks found cuts in budget, staff and key visitor services.

  • chronic underfunding;
  • noise and air pollution;
  • development pressures;
  • destructive ORV use;
  • oil and gas drilling.

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Sonoma Valley's Cornerstone Festival

The Cornerstone Festival of Gardens."There has never been a venue in the United States where high caliber landscape architects can demonstrate the fun and whimsical combination of art and gardens," asserts Chris Hougie, president and founder of the gardens.

SONOMA, Calif.– The Cornerstone Festival of Gardens, billed as an ever-changing series of walk-through gardens to showcase new and innovative designs from more than 25 of the world's finest landscape architects and designers, is scheduled to open toward the end of June 2004.

"Our goal is to create a place for the community where people can enjoy unique and creative visions of landscape as art. Designers will have the freedom to create everything from traditional gardens to modern, conceptual installations, so that visitors will be surprised and delighted at every turn," explains Chris Hougie, president and founder of the gardens.

Hougie's Festival of Gardens was inspired by visiting the International Garden festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France, and the Grand Metis in Quebec, Canada. Hougie's intent is to create the connection between art, architecture and nature. In addition to individual gardens by select landscape architects and designers, a gallery will provide information on the designers and the creation of their installations.

"Landscape had always been more of a background to me, and I had never really thought of it as a form of expression on its own. The gardens in France were a turning point, and I realized the impact landscape can have, either through simplicity or boldness of design."

Hougie has assembled a design and development team that includes Ron Lutsko, Dan Phipps and David Aquilina. Landscape architect Peter Walker created the initial site concept for the project. The opening designers of the initial 16 gallery gardens will be announced this winter.

Future plans include educational seminars on landscape architecture and garden design.

For more information, contact Cornerstone Festival of Gardens at 707-933-3010.

Urban Heat Islands Change the Weather

Asphalt shingled roofs, black paved roads, and fewer shade trees all create heat islands. Heat islands drive up temperatures sending the average temperature 5 degrees higher in urban areas than in the surrounding suburbs. That, in turn translates into an extra $4 billion in cooling costs in the United States each year. Heat islands also add to air pollution since higher temperatures enhance the chemical reactions that create smog.

This is very apparent in places such as Orange County, California where the average temperature over the last 50 years has risen 7 degrees, Not only has the population soared from 216,000 in 1949 to 3 million in 2002, but all the orange groves were cut down to make room for condos, houses, shopping malls, parking lots, and golf courses. The loss of all those trees has had a devastating effect because trees are natural cooling systems. In other parts of the United States such as Texas and Illinois, these urban heat islands are contributing to increased storm systems and deadly heat waves. Some of the ways to counteract this effect would be to change the color of roofing materials, to utilize reflective paints, or light colored asphalts that would cool interior spaces, thus reducing the need for extensive air-conditioning.

ASLA Security Design Symposium
Safe Spaces: Designing for Security & Civic Values
July 25-27 Chicago, Illinois

Our current political climate has created perhaps the greatest need our nation has known for safety and security in landscape designs. While today's designs should protect the public, they should do so in a manner that preserves the integrity of our buildings, public spaces and communities while also demonstrating the value of an open and accessible society.

The ASLA's Security Design Symposium will offer landscape professionals a look at how the leading experts in the field are meeting this difficult design challenge. Topics will include the latest practices, tools, techniques, and building materials for establishing effective, transparent security design. Plenary and concurrent sessions will focus on threat assessment, public process, planning and design, technology, materials, methods and historic preservation.

Registration Fees

Preregistration fee is $450. Preregistration ends on July 19--after this date, participants must register on site.

Sudden Oak Death
(Ranorum Blight) Returns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) recently identified 108 facilities in 13 states infected with the Phytopthor ramorum pathogen that had surfaced in March.

Phytopthora ramorum has been referred to as Sudden Oak Death because it was discovered in parts of coastal California causing significant death of Tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus) and other true oaks in the genus Quercus. But the pathogen is known to infect a number of other tree species and woody shrubs, especially Rhododendron spp. The current list of susceptible plants is: Acer macrophyllum, Aesculus californica, Arbutus menziesii, Arctostaphylos spp., Heteromeles arbutifolia, Lithocarpus densiflorus, Lonicera hispidula, Quercus spp., Rhamnus californica, Rhododendron spp., other than R. simsii (pot azaleas –otherwise known as Azalea indica), Umbellularia californica, Vaccinium ovatum and Viburnum spp.

The pathogen was initially confirmed in plants in 84 facilities in 12 states traced from a Los Angeles County wholesaler, according to the APHIS' Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) unit. The number of nurseries or garden centers with positive trace forward samples from the infected LA wholesaler are California (34), Florida (5), Washington (6), Oregon (9), Texas (5), Colorado (1), Georgia (13), Louisiana (5), North Carolina (8), New Mexico (1), Tennessee (2) and Virginia (1). Source:

Chicago's Soldier Field Park Wins Green Roof Award

Chicago's Soldier Field stadium.

Chicago's new Soldier Field rooftop park, designed by Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture, Inc., is one of six nationwide awards bestowed by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. The new five-and-a-half acre park is located on the roof of a four-story underground parking garage at Soldier Field Stadium.

The concrete roof of the underground garage had a moderate slope and needed leveling. But because the garage roof wasn't designed to support the heavy soil loads required to level the park, three-inch to eight-foot-thick slabs of dense polystyrene foam formed a leveling base. Polystyrene foam is sturdy, but weighs only a tenth as much as dirt. Moving the dirt onto the roof also offered a challenge: the roof was not built to support a crane, so the soil had to be moved in bins on a conveyor belt system.

Soil depths in the park now range from six to 30 inches. In the deeper soil areas are 84 trees (including a grove of hawthorns along with maple, ash, linden, red oak, elm, hornbeam and tulip trees) with diameters of up to 8 inches.

A low-maintenance, fine-fescue turf grass, which produces a "meadowy" effect when not mowed, was chosen for the park turf along with burning bush and winter creeper as ground cover. The entire site is irrigated with a system similar to one that might be used on a golf course.

According to Steven Peck, executive director of the North American trade association for the green roof industry, Chicago is one of the leading cities in the nation using green-roof technology to produce green, open space, and the new Soldier Field Park is a classic example of that technology.

ASTM Landscape Committees Meeting

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) is meeting this month to address standards that define minimum material requirements and test methods for their evaluation. ASTM is continuing to review and refine its standards for products in the market. Areas discussed will be the C1372-Standard Specification for Segmental Retaining Wall Units, and the C1262-Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Freeze Thaw Durability of Concrete Masonry Units. The committee on soil and rock is considering draft standards for the design and hydraulic performance of articulating concrete block. The Geosynthetic Committee will discuss SRW connection strength and SRW shear strength.

For information on these meetings and their outcomes, check the ASTM website:

Discovery Garden Displays Native Plants Encountered by Lewis & Clark

Dick Pohl’s students in Montana State University horticulture classes selected plants identified by Lewis and Clark on their voyage of discovery for installation at the museum’s new outdoor exhibit.

BOZEMAN, Mont.– This summer if you travel up to the Big Sky state you can find hundreds of native plants that Lewis and Clark discovered almost two centuries ago.

Students from Montana State University volunteered their time to help the community and get some experience in plant installation. At MSU the students study plant science and plant pathology. When their education is done they will earn a bachelor of science in horticulture with a emphasis in landscape design or horticultural science.

MSU professor and landscape architect, Dick Pohl, has about 90 landscape design students. During the fall the seniors in his studio class sought ways to fulfill their community services requirement and helping plant indigenous species at the new Garden of Discovery at the Museum of the Rockies seemed to be a good opportunity. Local Boys Scouts troops also got involved in setting up challenge courses.

"This was a group project where we could provide some design services," Pohl told LASN. "During the spring semester our landscape construction students got involved. One portion of the challenge course was the Discovery Garden, which was the final station where plants went on display."

Keel boat replicas of the ones used by Lewis and Clark will be on one display. At another station a corn garden is replicated that was planted by the Mandan Native Americans centuries ago. Signage and brochures direct visitors to the displays.

"This is a participatory garden where visitors can outrun a grizzly bear, experience walking out with a keel boat or getting into a dugout canoe," said Pohl. "At the amphitheater they hold discussions about the garden."

The exhibit is slated to open in early June this year with display stations staying up for two or three years.

Some local nurseries donated the plant materials for the garden, adjacent to the MSU campus. Because some of the students had installation experience and others didn't, Pohl teamed up an inexperienced student with one who had previously had the chance to get their hands dirty.

"Spring is a good time of year to do a lot of planting," said Pohl. "The more tender herbaceous plants haven't been installed yet. The woody ones have already been planted.

MSU students have also pruned trees, cleared brush, removed burlap from the berms and kept an eye on native grasses that were planted last fall.

Pohl said local nurseries donated all the home-grown plant materials, as the region has developed a greater interest in native plant species, especially with the current drought in the West. Pohl said although several of the plants are native species, but that doesn't necessarily mean that those species are drought-tolerant. Some plants found near streams or lakes may require more water.

Electrocoagulation System Introduced for Stormwater Management

PORTLAND, Ore.– Stormwater Management, Inc., has announced a new electrocoagulation (EC) system that uses controlled electrical current to remove multiple contaminants from industrial wastewater, wash water, and storm water, in many cases, the company asserts, eliminating the need for chemicals and significantly reducing power demand and operator attention.

Unlike mechanical and chemical systems that need to be monitored, adjusted, and maintained around the clock, operators of the EC System are said to need only routine checks once or twice a day.

The new system draws only a minimal amount of power–approximately 15 amps on a 230V 3-phase circuit at 5 gpm--significantly less than mechanical systems. Computer control and minimal components are touted to make the system reliable and simple to maintain.

"Our electrocoagulation system also significantly reduces operating costs, making it an ideal option for industrial applications," said David Pollock, CEO of Stormwater Management, Inc. Pollock said the treated water is up to 10 times better than that of mechanical systems, and nearly 100 percent of the cleaned water can be recycled. The system purports to separate emulsified oils, suspended solids, petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals.

The EC System comes in a prepackaged cargo container that sits above ground.

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"Superstudio: Life Without Objects"

"Twelve Ideal Cities," 1972. Concept: Superstudio.

The Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning, and Design's final lecture of the 2003-2004 academic year presented architect and educator Peter Lang speaking on "Superstudio: Life Without Objects."

Superstudio was an avant garde group of young architects in Florence, Italy who came together in 1966 to offer radical critiques of the state of the architectural profession through photo-collages, films and exhibitions.

Superstudio described its work thusly before a 1973 exhibition in Graz, Austria. "In the beginning we designed objects for production, designs to be turned into wood and steel, glass and brick or plastic, then we produced neutral and usable designs, then finally negative utopias, forewarning images of the horrors which architecture was laying in store for us with its scientific methods for the perpetuation of existing models.”

Superstudio disbanded in the late 1970s, but the group continues to engender commentary and debate.

Peter Lang is co-curator with William Menking of an exhibition of Superstudio's work and is co-author of a monograph on the firm published in 2003 by Skira Press. The exhibition, originating at the Design Museum in London, is now traveling from New York (Storefront for Art and Architecture, Artists Space and Pratt University) to the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California.

Lang works on and writes about modern and contemporary Italian history and theory. He received his PhD in Italian history and urbanism from New York University in 2000 and completed his professional degree in architecture at Syracuse University in 1980. He has been teaching design theory studio at Texas A&M University's Santa Chiara Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy since the fall semester of 2001. He previously taught at the New Jersey School of Architecture and the Cooper Union.

K-State Dominates Student Design Awards

Ken Gibson and Brock Reimer, May 2003 graduates of K-State's landscape architecture program, are the most recent recipients of a top award in the annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) National Student Design Competition.

K-State landscape architecture students have now won 47 ASLA National Student Design Competition awards, more than twice as many as any other school.

Source: Kansas State University

Poll Finds Government's
Environmental Record Lacking

A poll by Global Strategy Group released in June 2004 by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies found that 67 per cent of respondents believe the federal government is not doing enough for the environment. Sixty-one per cent of believe state government is not doing enough, and 55 per cent feel local government is also coming up short.

The poll's methodology was telephone interviews to 1,000 American adults, conducted April 26 to May 3, 2004.The margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

While the Bush administration has tax incentives for energy-efficient technologies, environmentalist are concerned that the administration has three times proposed to Congress to ease environmental standards for the military, has plans for further drilling for oil in Alaska, and seeks to expand natural gas drilling on federal lands that are off-limits to energy development.

In a January 2004 New York address, former Vice President Al Gore said the Bush administration is “wholly owned by the coal, oil, utility and mining industries.” He also criticized the administration for cutting cleanup at toxic waste sites and making alterations to the Clean Air Act. “They are radical changes that reverse a century of American policy designed to protect our natural resources,” he said.

2004 Green Industry Conference & GIE
November 3-6, 2004 Charlotte, NC

Start planning now to attend the ALCA's premier event of the year--the 2004 Green Industry Conference (GIC) November 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Attendees will participate in diverse educational and networking opportunities, and will have access to the newest products, resources, and technology at the Green Industry Expo--all guaranteed to help landscape contractor's business grow.

Seven different educational tracts will be offered. Networking opportunities will include the ever-popular "Breakfasts with Champions" morning roundtable. Evening networking events include "Night of the Roundtables" and a Saturday awards banquet. These events offer participants the chance to meet with old friends and engage in productive new dialogues with the leaders of the green industry.

The early-bird deadline for registration is September 15, 2004.

i>For more information on ALCA's Green Industry Conference, please contact the ALCA office at (800) 395-2522 or visit ALCA online at

ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2004

General Sessions

Saturday's speakers include Utah native and acclaimed nature writer Terry Tempest Williams, author of "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place." Grant Jones (FASLA) landscape architect, peot, educator and founder of Jones & Jones, the first recipient of the ASLA Firm Award will present Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, renowned photographer Steve Uzzell will share his presentation, Open Roads, Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving. Monday's

closing general session features remarks by Peter Walker, FASLA, on his many projects and work underway around the globe.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Earn continuing education credit toward maintenance of your state license (where mandated) with 79 educational opportunities within eight tracts including: design, business, planning, landtech, cultural, resource management, polity and urban.


This year's expo will include nearly 400 exhibitors, and is typically the largest trade show in the industry for landscape architects and allied design and construction professionals. New in 2004: meet with federal agency representatives and explore how to work with each agency.

How to Register

Early bird registration must be received by noon (EDT) September 20 and will save you $100 in registration fees and $10 per ticked event. Online, fax and mail registrations will be accepted through October 15.

For more information including online registration log on tho the ASLA Web site at

NCMA Call for Entries

The National Concrete Masonry Association's Design Awards of Excellence program is calling for entries from all architects, designers and landscape architects to submit projects for consideration. There will be an award of Excellence and an Award of Honor. Entries must be submitted no later than August 10, 2004, and before entering, the owner's approval must be obtained, as well as clear rights to any photos used. Owners also need to be informed about potential site visits, and significant media recognition. Both new projects and renovation/restoration projects are eligible. Concrete masonry units–architectural block, unit concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls or articulated concrete block revetment–must be a primary material in order for projects to be eligible, and must have been designed by a licensed design professional or engineer. Landscape submissions should include a project description, and professional 8" x 10" color photos of the context of the project as well as "before", "under-construction" and "after".

For all the details as well as an entry form, contact the NCMA at, or call 703-713-1900.

Michigan ASLA Chapter Focuses on Leadership

The Michigan Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (MASLA) invites you to its annual conference, "Leadership – Within and Without," on Friday, September 10, 2004, hosted by the downtown Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This one-day event focuses on professional and personal leadership. The registration fee is only $75, which includes all activities.

For further information contact the MASLA office at 517-485-4116.

EPA's New Ruling Helps

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided it will not demand small firms to comply with last year's federal Phase II storm water program regulations designed to curb pollution from storm water run-off. Small construction and landscape construction firms now no longer have to file the same state paperwork with an EPA office in Washington. The EPA's decision was based on the comments and concerns of small construction and development companies that additional federal permitting would duplicate and possibly conflict with existing state and local water run-off regulations and permitting requirements. The representatives recommended that the EPA focus on better enforcement of existing rules and, and improvements in state and local permitting systems.

Adleman wins Carpenter Medal

Professor Marvin Adleman, FASLA just won the Jot D. Carpenter Medal for sustained and significant contributions to landscape architecture education.

Adleman joined the Cornell faculty in 1972 as head of the landscape architecture program, with the encouragement of the late Jot Carpenter. He built a department considered one of the foremost undergraduate and graduate programs in the nation. He continues to carry a large teaching load and advises students.

Florida ASLA
Chapter Expo Set for Daytona

The Florida Chapter of the ASLA, which represents over 800 landscape architects in the state, will hold its annual conference and expo in Daytona Beach, July 28-31. The Daytona section is the host for three days of activities, keynote speakers and educational seminars.

The conference theme is "Florida Under Siege–A Quest for Balance." The focus will be on water conservation in the landscape. Some Florida counties now have ordinances to limit turf in new housing landscapes, and strict watering regulations. Other subjects addressed will be wildfire ecology; Florida laws and regulations for landscape architects and irrigation designers; an irrigation auditor workshop; efficient irrigation design; walkable communities; and ecological design.

The conference is a great way for businesses to support ASLA and interact with landscape architects, landscape contractors, residential garden designers and irrigation designers and specifiers.

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