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Home Remodeling Growth Likely in Early 2014

A housing study from Harvard University is predicting double-digit gains in home improvement spending in the first half of 2014. Owners gaining confidence in the housing market are likely to take on remodeling projects they have been putting off, encouraged by growth in housing starts, home prices and existing home sales.

Cement Group Predicts Growth in 2014

The Portland Cement Association expects 2013 cement consumption to total nearly 80 million metric tons, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012. Consumption levels are projected to reach 86 million metric tons in 2014, an 8.1 percent year-over-year gain.

EPA Wetland Grants

The EPA has awarded six New England states more than $1.5 million in grants for programs that protect wetlands.

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No Molds Required

After expanding the area behind their home in Afton, Wyo., for parking and a patio, the owners contacted Cory Wilkes of Wisco Walls and Falls to retain the hill. Wilkes' economical, efficient solution was a decorative concrete boulder wall created without molds. The concrete mix is 10 bags per yard, which produces a thick slurry with additives that increase the working time as the crew stacks then sculpts, carves and stamps the "mud" with trowels.

Big, Old Trees Are Carbon-Trapping ''Studs''
Large, old trees aren't just stately elders due respect for their venerable size and age. Research published in Nature reports that large, old trees "actively fix large amounts of carbon compared to smaller trees." The research says a "single big tree can add the same amount of carbon to the forest within a year as is contained in an entire mid-sized tree," and "rapid growth in giant trees is the global norm."

Gateway to Sarasota

Sarasota, Fla. (pop. 52,211), situated on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico just south of Bradenton and north of Venice, has landscaped a stretch of U.S. 301, the "gateway" to Sarasota.

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Ocotillo Drive Residence - Paradise Valley, Arizona

Situated in the foothills of the upper Sonoran Desert, the Ocotillo Drive garden remodel in Paradise Valley, Arizona (pop. 14,558), transformed a shallow backyard into a refined modern garden with ample room for entertaining. This new contemporary garden creates a direct connection to the house and the desert vistas.

Historic Seaside Cottage

This seaside cottage, which sits along Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts, was built in 1905, and although it has been modified and modernized over the years, the most recent owner wanted to restore the house to its original beauty, and add an easy-to-maintain and functional landscape.

Sensors: The Bee's Knees for Colony Collapse Disorder Research?
Researchers in Hobart, Tasmania, are attaching tiny sensors to honeybees to monitor their movements to better understand what is driving Colony Collapse Disorder.

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NY State Invests $67M in Pedestrian and Multi-Use Projects

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced approximately $67 million in funding for 63 pedestrian, bicycle and multi-use path transportation improvement projects across the state of New York on Jan. 15. The projects include new accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use.

Shea Therapeutic Riding Center on Track with Gravelpave2
The JF Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. provides therapeutic horse back riding programs. Workers installed Gravelpave2 over walking and parking areas as it is strong enough for automobiles and occasional horse traffic.

Florida Department of Transportation Addresses Highway Safety Concerns with LEDs

Nearly 1,000 American Electric Lighting(R) Autobahn LED luminaires from Acuity Brands, Inc. were recently installed by the Florida Department of Transportation. FDOT addressed safety and maintenance challenges on a 19-mile stretch of Highway 98. The previously unlit roadway in Santa Rosa County is now illuminated with new LED luminaires to help increase visibility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

Bobcat M-Series Excavators Advance to Tier 4 With Non-DPF Emissions Solution

Bobcat's new Tier 4 excavators feature a machine protection system that monitors, manages and shuts down the engine if needed. The system monitors engine coolant and oil temperatures and manages engine systems to reduce the possibility of these fluids reaching a point where the machine has to be shut down. This minimizes potential damage to the engine, stops unnecessary engine wear and keeps operators working.

Sunburst Releases Non-Herbicide Weed Control System

This shows how the SpHot Weeder's flame containment system focuses the flames and heat down to the ground and forward. Sunburst created this advancement over traditional open flame torches. According to the manufacture, the SpHot Weeder improves efficiency and provides high-performance thermal weed control.

Florida Concrete Masons Seek State-Sponsored Education Programs

New legislation introduced by the concrete masonry industry in Florida would create a council within the state Department of Education to promote education and outreach programs for the industry.

2013 ASLA Class of Fellows from the West Coast . . . Michael Abbat?
Michael Abbat?'s 27-year career in the Pacific Northwest is distinguished by exceptional design, leadership and management in his professional and volunteer endeavors. As his career has cycled between the private and public sectors, his commitment to excellence in design, management, ecological commitment and spirituality has remained steadfast.

Construction Materials Prices Unchanged for Second Month in November

The index for construction inputs, which includes building materials and components essential to the industry (like diesel fuel), remained unchanged for the second month in a row in November. Prices for residential and non-residential materials declined slightly month-over-month, as did prices for raw construction materials, though all three categories increased slightly year-over-year.

Park & Rec Seminar Track

This year LA Expo hosts 30+ CEU approved seminars and workshops in six different seminar tracks, including a park & recreation track, which will educate attendees on outdoor learning environments, designing urban bike paths and more. Click here to view a list of park & recreation seminars. Seats are limited so sign up today!

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Kioti Launches New Information Portal
To distribute information about their new RX, NX and CS Series, which all come equipped with the MECHRON(R) 2200 UTV Tier 4 ECO Common Rail diesel engine, Kioti Tractor developed a microsite.

Monrovia Acquires Imperial Nurseries

Camellia growers know healthy, beautiful plants start at the roots. At Monrovia Nursery, they've devoted a 60-acre state of the art facility solely to camellia production. The company recently purchased Imperial Nurseries.

Fleet Management Expected to Almost Triple by 2018

GPS-based management solutions are helping fleet-based companies improve operations by optimizing vehicle performance, mileage, reliability and safety; and upgrading maintenance planning and route navigation.

Best of Show Award in California

The landscape work at this residence in Newport Beach, Calif., earned its contractor the top overall statewide prize for 2013 as well as recognition for its lighting.

PLANET Recruiting Event

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced their 2014 Student Career Days.

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