Letter from the ASLA President: Shaping the Political Landscape

Letter from the ASLA President: Shaping the Political Landscape

ASLA President Chad Danos, FASLA


Dear Members,

I encourage every ASLA member to complete the 
 ASLA 2017-2018 Federal and State Legislative Priorities Survey  that will help determine the ASLA Federal Legislative Agenda for the upcoming 115th Congress and will help shape your Chapter’s state legislative activities. This year, we are combining the Federal Priorities survey with the State Advocacy Priorities survey to make it more convenient for members to make their voices heard. 

The Society’s mission is to advance the profession of landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. ASLA is an advocate for the profession at the local, state, and national levels on public policy issues ( including licensure, transportation planning and design, stormwater management, community design and development, community parks and trails, small business development, and more. 

In recent years, ASLA achieved some 
 critical legislative successes, including helping thwart several state attacks on licensure, working with chapters to upgrade landscape architecture practice acts and advancing licensure in the District of Columbia. On the federal side, ASLA staved off several attacks to active transportation programs, worked to adopt the first ever federal Complete Streets policy, pushed increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and more. Even as advocacy continues for these and other issues, the process is now beginning to determine which federal advocacy issues will be a priority for the Society in the upcoming 115th Congress in 2017-2018 and to help shape your local chapters’ upcoming advocacy efforts. 

Once ASLA receives your responses, the ASLA Government Affairs Advisory Committee (GAAC) will analyze, review, and vet the federal information to recommend a 2017-2018 Federal Legislative Priorities Agenda. During the ASLA Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees will provide input on the recommended agenda, with the Executive Committee providing final endorsement in late 2016. Results from the state policy questions will be compiled into a report for the chapters to assist them with developing critical state and local policy priorities and advocacy plans.

Please take a moment to complete the 
 ASLA Federal and State Legislative Priorities Survey to tell us about issues that are important to you. As a former ASLA vice president of Government Affairs, I can assure you that your responses are essential to the development of the agenda. Please complete your survey by Tuesday, May 31. 

Take this opportunity to shape ASLA’s future political landscape. 

Chad Danos, FASLA, 


American Society of Landscape Architects

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