February 2022


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WASLA Board of Directors

Duane Dietz, ASLA

Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Jason Henry, ASLA

Member at Large
Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Mike Faulkner, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Jonathan Smith, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Spring is just around the corner and the sun is shining.  My herd of seven deer (three moms, four kids) continue their fine maintenance of my lawn.  And I saw my first Merlin on Saturday, chirping in the Swedish poplar behind the house!

There are a few things on my mind: continuing education, our fall conference, and outreach through our landscape architecture community.  As a licensed landscape architect, continuing education is required to maintain our professional licenses. I want to remind everyone that each month, ASLA offers one on-demand webinar each month at no cost to all current ASLA members! Members must register for the Free PDH of the Month by logging in to with your existing ASLA member login and then clicking the Free PDH icon on the homepage to access the free webinar and accompanying exam for professional development hours.

Another continuing education opportunity will be our Annual Conference this October 7th in SeaTac.. Mark your calendars. And start thinking about submitting a presentation as we will be making the call for papers in the next month or two.  If you have a bit of time to contribute, the conference is also a good opportunity to volunteer.  The old adage of ‘Many hands make light work’ really is true.  Consider helping our organization with event planning, review of submissions, session scheduling, vendor support, etc.  Contact Anne at [email protected] for more info.

As always, WASLA thrives on the input of its members and those who volunteer.  We have several committees in need of volunteers.  I’d like to focus this month on the Public Relations and Awareness Committee.  This Committee is responsible for delivering information through traditional media, social media, and the chapter website about events, programs and landscape architecture-related information to chapter members and the general public. The committee is involved in the planning and publicizing of WASLA events, Chapter Initiative projects, and coordinating public awareness campaigns with National ASLA.  Some of the Committee’s tasks include World Landscape Architecture Month, PARK(ing) Day, the National Park Service Annual Design Charrette, as well as the Historic American Landscapes Survey.   Check out their work and WASLA’s other committees at and click on the ‘Get Involved’ button at the top of our webpage. 



  WASLA President


WA Department of Licensing Data Breach

Landscape Architects are one of the professions who's licensing records were exposed to a data breach on January 24, 2022.

It is possible, your data was involved. The Department of Licensing has opened a call center to handle questions about this incident and can be reached at (855) 568-2052.

If you are hit by a data breach or ID theft:

While there is no foolproof way to ensure that your information is safe, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft:
1. Call the companies where the fraud may have occurred.

2. Work with one of the credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) to check your credit report for suspicious activity and to place a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit report.

3. Report the identity theft to the FTC at

4. File a report with your local police department.

5. Send a copy of the police report to the three major credit bureaus.

6. Ask businesses to provide you with information about transactions made in your name. A template for a letter you can complete and send to businesses to request records is available on the Attorney General’s Office website at:

If you receive a breach notification or believe that you may be a victim of identity theft, please visit the Washington Attorney General’s website for help.

A Unique Opportunity to Serve the Residents of Seattle as a Senior Landscape Architect in Public Practice

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) at the City of Seattle will soon be looking for a Senior Landscape Architect.

This position combines real-world challenges with tangible rewards nearly every day of the week. The most successful candidate in this role will bring expertise and experience to lead the SDOT Landscape Architect’s Office highly capable and experienced Senior Urban Foresters.

This role is responsible for field assessment to identify trees to be retained, plan review to maximize canopy cover, construction inspection for quality control, and final approval of landscape construction in the Right-of-Way (ROW) for SDOT permitted public agency and private development projects citywide, ensuring that goals are met with an emphasis on equitable service delivery, sustainability, and for social, environmental, economic benefit with public safety job one.

Are you ready to help keep Seattle Moving and join our committed and hard-working team?

If you are, please check the City’s website in the month of February 2022

Save the Date!
Connections- Rendezvous 2022

It is a new year, and Idaho-Montana ASLA is going to spend 2022 reconnecting with our community.

After a short hiatus, Rendezvous, our bi-annual chapter conference, is back in 2022. In May, we will be gathering with our members, lecturers, sponsors, vendors, and allied professionals for a fun weekend of education and inspiration on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the profession and each other. Mark your calendars, additional event details will be provided in March 2022.

Connections - Rendezvous 2022

When: May 19-21, 2022

Where: University of Idaho – Moscow, Idaho

What: CEU Lecture Series, Socials, EXPO/Vendor Booths, Site Tours, Awards Banquet, and more...


Event Schedule:

5.19 Thursday Evening - Arrival Social

5.20 Friday - Lectures and Campus Tours Friday

5.20 Friday Evening - Chapter Awards Reception Friday Evening

5.21 Saturday Morning - Lectures and Chapter Meeting

Registration: Early Bird specials will be available starting March 2022

Help the UW Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Fund

We are asking you, a person who supports a more equitable and diverse field of landscape architecture, to speak to your broader networks about why the UW Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Fund is meaningful to you in order to help them reach their fundraising goals this year. We hope you reach out to colleagues and friends.
Attached you will find an email template will be helpful as you contact your network. The letter provides an introduction to the fund as a future source of support to various EDI-oriented UW//LA student initiatives, explains the goals of the current fundraising drive, and ideas for a personal note to connect your ask to your own story or values.  
We appreciate you taking the time to support them in achieving their $12,000 goal in 2022.

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