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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Wetlands Protection Case; Says Florida Water Rule Violated Landowner's Constitutional Rights
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, a dissenting voice on the court's decision, said the court ruling "threatens ... a vast array of land-use regulations..." Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Designed by Kids, Built by Volunteers: New Playground in Mesa

For this park, Playworld Systems donated approximately $60,000 in playground equipment in memory of Wayne Anderson, president of a Mesa-based distributor of Playworld Systems' products. The park is named in his honor.

Golf Course Superintendent Salaries on the Rise

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) began tracking the salaries of member and non-member superintendents in 1993 through the GCSAA Compensation and Benefits Report. The report shows that this profession is one to watch, as the salary trends continue to rise.

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"Boulevard" Brings Collegiate Grandeur to Las Positas

A renovation of the central core of the Las Positas Community College campus in Livermore, California, brought a new simplicity and elegance to the school's pedestrian paths. Designed by Gates + Associates, the focal point is a multipurpose lawn enclosed by ADA paths and swaths of native and climate adapted plantings.

Call for Speakers

This is a formal invitation to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting a seminar or workshop at the 2014 Landscape Architects' Expo (LA Expo) to be held February 13 - 14, 2014, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. To view the submittal guidelines, please click here. The deadline to submit is Monday, July 22, but sooner is better. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

TNLA 2013
TNLA was established in 1999, when the Texas Association of Nurserymen (est. 1918) merged with the Texas Association of Landscape Contractors (est. 1964). Together they have 2,500 members, both small businesses and professional landscapers, in which they support with legislative/regulatory advocacy, education, and networking opportunities.

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Existing Home Sales, Prices Still Rising

Single-family sales of existing homes rose five percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.60 million in May from 4.38 million in April, and are 12.7 percent higher than the 4.08 million-unit pace in May 2012. The median existing single-family home price was $208,700 in May, up 15.8 percent above a year ago, the strongest increase since October 2005 when it jumped 16.9 percent from a year earlier.

LEED Exam Prep

Many Landscape Architects are credentialed as LEED Professionals, and as the sustainability movement continues to grow, more projects may begin to require this certification.

HNA Calls for Hardscape Submissions

HNA, the tradeshow division of the ICPI, is now accepting submissions for the 6th Annual HNA Project Awards. 2012 winners pose at last year's awards ceremony.

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Galen Drake Named Arizona's Top Landscape Architect
Galen Drake, ASLA, CPESC, LEED AP, was named Arizona's Landscape Architect of the Year

Chattanooga's EPB Downtown Headquarters Gets LEED Certification

Elizabeth Crenshaw Hammitt, who headed up the LEED effort, reports on EPB Downtown Headquarters to a gathering that included Chattanooga mayors Andy Berke and Jim Coppinger, city council chairman Yusuf Hakeem and dozens of EPB employees looking down into the atrium area.

APGA Honors Donnelly
Dr. Gerard Donnelly, president, CEO of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.

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Ethanol Reform Reaches Senate As Supremes Skip E15 Appeal

Recent legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate that would repeal the renewable fuel mandate for American gasoline may become the last hope for groups concerned with the damage such fuel can create in small engines and older vehicles. The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in June that challenged the EPA's approval of a higher blend of ethanol-based fuel.

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Miami Underwater?

Flooding is common in many areas across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties after heavy rains, such as when Tropical Storm Andrea hit the Florida coast on June 7, 2013. This flooding is near Miami International Airport. Photo: National Weather Service

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May Construction Starts Climb, Material Prices Flat

The rate of total construction starts gained five percent between April and May due to gains in residential and non-residential building. The index measuring the prices for raw construction materials was unchanged in May, with slight fluctuations in lumber, diesel fuel and gypsum products.

Important L.A.R.E. Dates
CLARB not only regulates the landscape architectural profession through the enforcement of licensure laws, they also administer the L.A.R.E. exam.

July is Smart Irrigation Month!

The IA promotes July as Smart Irrigation month, in an effort to increase awareness of the value of water, and to grow the demand for water-saving products, practices and services.

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Landscape Contractor Magazine Invites Equipment Manufacturers to Showcase Their Equipment

LC/DBM, the magazine that equips landscape professionals for success, has put out a call for submissions for their October issue, the theme of which is the GIE Show. Send us information about your latest products to be considered for inclusion in our equipment review.

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PLANET, the national trade association that represents landscape companies that create and maintain healthy, green living spaces, has announced a partnership with the ALCC.

How Can I Create the Ultimate Backyard?

Crafting an outdoor room that meets client expectations within the space and budget requires a delicate balancing act for all landscape professionals. Installers from design/build firm Breaking Ground in Elkhorn, Nebraska, installed this water feature as part of a residential renovation that earned the company kudos from the Ultimate Backyard Challenge, a landscape installation contest sponsored annually by Watkins Concrete Block.

Arithmetic 101 for Plants
To sustain themselves through a night, plants have to perform what are essentially mathematic calculations, according to newly published documents by researchers in the U.K.

Neonicotinoid insecticides: The smoking gun in bee deaths?

Evidence is emerging that singles out one particular class of insecticides, a widely used group of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as the prime suspect in the death of bee colonies.

Pelco Products, Inc. Helps Neighbors in Need After Tornado

Pelco team member Mark Broome mans the grill, cooking up some of the 7,200 free hamburgers provided by Pelco and its corporate partners.

Specialized Insurance Coverage for Green Industry Members
LCIS360 program provides protection and expertise in business, insurance, client and financing services.

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The Digital Issues are Available
The June issue of LASN is available online!
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