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5,000 Mile Journey for
National Christmas Tree

The U.S. Forest Service is in charge of cutting and maintaining the national Christmas tree. Donations cover the cost of transporting the tree across the country. This year's transport sponsors were the Truckload Carriers Association, Mack Trucks, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

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2013 in Review

It is time for a look back at the topics the industry was most interested in over the last 12 months. LC/DBM's online readers are the guides for this retrospective, as their visits to were used to create these rankings.

Aetna Building Maintenance Community Garden

The vision for the Aetna Building Maintenance Community Garden started in April 2012 with an introspective look at their property, igniting a passion to transform a vacant lot into a stunning space that would inspire a more cohesive and environmentally-conscious neighborhood.

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LASN Decemeber 2013:
Movers & Shakers
Kevin Cash and Steele Fitzloff have joined Bernardo|Willis Architects' landscape architecture department as a landscape architect and landscape designer, respectively. A member of ASLA, Cash is licensed in Washington and California with 14 years professional design experience. He previously served as executive director of Spokane Ponderosa and holds a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State University. Fitzloff is currently pursuing licensure and has five years design experience.

Trees for Troops

The NCTA, a trade association that represents the Christmas tree industry, shed light on their charitable endeavor, Trees for Troops.

Beacon Place Homeless Project

LandWise developed a comprehensive design and construction strategy that allowed for multiple spaces within the courtyard to give the residents as many options as possible. The final design extended a large patio area from the existing adjacent dining hall and connected to three individual hardscape patio areas. Looking over design renderings, ASLA members made sure everything went in the right spot.

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Take a Break from Wi-Fi
in Public Spaces
Tired of dodging head-down "smart" phone - using pedestrians on the sidewalks? Tired of being in public spaces with zombies so disengaged from their surroundings that you're about as likely to make eye contact with them as you are with Medusa? Tired of having to listen to inane cell phone chatter? Check, check and check.

Court Blocks Southern Nevada Water Authority from Piping Billions of Gallons of Water from Rural Areas to Vegas...for Now

One of the Nevada valley basins that the Southern Nevada Water Authority seeks to pump water from is in Lincoln County, the southeast corner of the state, home to a number of state parks, including Cathedral Gorge (pictured). Las Vegas depends on the Colorado River water for its survival, but the river has suffered a decade of drought and "the worst consecutive years of inflow in the last 100 years," according to Lower Colorado regional director Terry Fulp. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made public in August 2013 that for the first time it slowed the flow of water from the Lake Powell Reservoir (upstream of the Grand Canyon) to the Lake Mead Reservoir, which supplies almost all of Las Vegas's water.

Beneath the Green

ACH Foam Technologies' Tapered Foam Control Plus+ 600 EPS insulation was specified for the foundation for the green roof plaza deck for this Chicago condominium building on Lake Shore Drive.

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Year-End Housing Market Index Remains Stable

The National Association of Home Builders' Leading Markets Index was all but unchanged in November and December, posting scores of .85 and .86 respectively. While the December figure indicates that the nationwide housing market is running at 86 percent of normal activity levels, only 54 out of about 350 markets surveyed have resumed or surpassed the "normal" benchmark.

ASLA Yearbook:
Chapter Reports East
It was a busy year for state and local chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Members participated in numerous events and activities related to the national ASLA's Year of Public Service; presented awards to deserving designers and prosperous projects; and enriched their communities with the innumerable benefits of landscape architecture. Click the link to find out what the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Arkansas and Illinois chapters were up to in 2013.

Rain Bird Has Announced CIT Hosted Courses

Rain Bird has scheduled the Rain Bird Academy Boot Camp, a review for the Irrigation Association's CIT exam, in more than 30 U.S. locations. At the end of each four-and-a-half-day Boot Camp, Rain Bird Services will host the Irrigation Association's (IA) Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) exam.

UK Receives Two IDA Designated Dark Sky Places
The IDA, a non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has announced the designation of two new Dark Sky places in the United Kingdom.

LED Report: Lower Prices, Better Quality

According to, LED Christmas light sets are the most popular light product on the market. Studies have found that compared to incandescent lamps, LED lamps have a lifespan up to 30 times longer and consume up to six times less energy. Consumer Reports recently gave high marks to a number of lower priced LEDs.

ASLA Class of Fellows from the Arizona Chapter
Throughout a career of over 50 years, Duane Blossom has focused on placemaking for projects that make a significant contribution to communities. A pivotal midpoint in his career was as a principal for POD Inc., and working with Ron Izumita. As a practitioner and educator, his storyboard-workshop design approach is based on critical thinking and visual communication, a process that helps build consensus with clients and the public . . .

Ohio LEEDS the Nation

The USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable and green building design, has announced that Ohio leads the nation in LEED certified public schools.

Chain Saw Caroling

After the lights go out and the doors are locked at the Stihl headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va., one clever little piece of equipment gets in the holiday spirit.

GreenScaped Buildings Joins the LA Expo

The Landscape Architects' Expo (LA Expo), a two-day regional trade show and educational conference for landscape architects, specifiers and designers, has announced that GreenScaped Buildings has joined the list of exhibitors and will build a living wall for attendees to enjoy.

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Finding Christmas Illumination

Christmas Lights Etc. classifies homeowners who decorate their landscapes with holiday lights and more as either light users, heavy users or enthusiastic users. A new smartphone app has been developed to help guide spectators to the enthusiastic houses and neighborhoods in their area.

New Video Previews Techo-Bloc's Contractor Showcase Projects

Stone manufacturer Techo-Bloc has released a video highlighting the projects that will be featured during their 2014 Contractor Showcase, a 38-stop tour of North America that will kick off on January 7th in Charlotte, N.C.

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The Digital Issues are Available
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