National Park Service is Cheering for the American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA is among the recipients of a 2016 Director's Partnership Award from the National Park Service. The award recognized the volunteer support provided by ASLA chapters and members to more than 60 projects from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). RTCA has had projects with local chapters of ASLA, including WASLA, across the country over the last 18 years. Superintendent Lance Hatten (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve/New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park) presented the award on behalf of Director Jarvis, to ASLA president Chad Danos at the annual meeting of ASLA's Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council, when they gathered last month in New Orleans. 

The ASLA and RTCA partnership began in 1998 in our own Washington state, in Seattle’s International District neighborhood. It was a pilot of the partnership established with a memorandum of understanding, and because of its success, a couple years later ASLA chapters from across the nation began working with RTCA in their home states through a formal national agreement. The beauty of the partnership lies in the countless hours contributed by ASLA volunteers and the efficient means the partnership with NPS provides for chapters to offer community service. These are landscape architects that lend their time, skills, and expertise to passionate local communities that truly benefit from their work. Together, the partners design parks, trails, and outdoor spaces of all kinds, for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

Way to go ASLA!


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