ASLA Praises Congress for Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Passing Major Public Lands Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 27, 2019) -- The following statement was issued by Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president/CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects in the wake of the final congressional passage of the Natural Resources Management Act, including the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund:

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is extraordinarily pleased that the House of Representatives and the Senate have overwhelmingly passed S. 47, The Natural Resources Management Act. This bipartisan public lands legislation includes the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and now goes to the president for his signature.

LWCF is one of the nation’s most important tools that states and communities can use to foster the development of vitally important parks and recreation facilities. ASLA’s vigorous support for the fund reflects the landscape architecture profession’s commitment to increasing access to public spaces, parks, and recreational opportunities, all of which are essential to enhancing the health and well-being of all Americans. The bill also includes the Every Kid in a Park program, one of ASLA’s priorities, which introduces children to the beauty and benefits of the natural world. ASLA commends Congress for passing this comprehensive bill that will allow landscape architects to continue to access LWCF funds to design the safe and beautiful community parks and recreational facilities across our nation.

Kevin E. Fry
Director, Public Relations and Communications
The American Society of Landscape Architects
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About ASLA
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.


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