July 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

Vashon Island just wrapped its Strawberry Festival this past weekend, the first since 2019.  The Chamber of Commerce who organizes the event was clear from the beginning that, given covid and the economic challenges the past two years, all the vendor booths and many of the musical groups were going to be Vashon-based.  No carnival rides, no off-island marching bands or drill teams...also no politicians in the Saturday parade.  The Chamber recruited tirelessly for volunteers right up to the Friday night kickoff.

Those who volunteered were graciously and repeatedly thanked.  But much of the social media feedback focused on what was missing, not what the community was able to put together.  One response to a negative comment that struck me was: "You get out of it what you put into it. Please volunteer next year.  Be part of the fun."

Throughout my two-year term as president I have made calls for volunteers.I want to thank all those who have helped out WASLA over the most challenging two years I've ever experienced.  As we stride forward to build a new type of normal, consider volunteering.  Be part of the fun.

I also want to thank our sponsors for their continuing support. Much of what we are able to accomplish as a professional organization would be impossible without them.


   WASLA President

Save the Date!

The 2022 Annual WASLA Conference is coming up!

October 7, 2022
Seattle Airport Marriott
3201 S 176th St, Seattle, WA 98188

Book your room for the 2022 WASLA Conference

Special room rates available from October 6-8th, 2022

Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Seattle Airport Marriott for $175 USD per night


Can't wait to see you all there!

Call for Educational Sessions

The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) is issuing a Call for Educational Session Proposals for the 2022 Annual Conference being held this Autumn in Seattle, WA. We invite landscape architects, academics, allied professionals, and vendors of the profession to submit education session proposals. We are looking for energized speakers in multiple presentation formats: panel with moderator, roundtables, presentations/lectures with Q&A, design conversations, and walking tours, as examples.


  • Please submit your proposal through this form by August 5, 2022, 11:59 PM.
  • Session determinations will be announced by August 19, 2022 end-of-day.
  • Conference educational sessions will be 60 minutes in length (50 min presentation, and 10 min Q&A).
  • We anticipate an attentive and energetic audience of approximately 200 attendees for sessions examining the theme of this year’s conference: EMERGENCE.

Direct questions to: [email protected] 360.867.8820. We look forward to receiving your proposal, thank you for your support!

Thank you 2022 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Interested in sponsoring the 2022 Conference?

Our annual Chapter Sponsor program allows our partners the opportunity to connect with members throughout the year, share their products and services, and show their support for the Chapter.

Sponsors gain an edge over their competition through enhanced brand and product visibility and the relationship building opportunities our ASLA Washington Chapter Sponsor Program provides.

The Sponsor Prospectus outlines all the benefits that come along with becoming a conference sponsor. We are accepting new sponsors for this event until August 31st, so don't wait!

Join the effort! 
Fall design workshop on the Olympic Peninsula to support planning for the Chimacum Ridge Community Forest 

The Jefferson Land Trust, National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, and the Washington ASLA Chapter are excited to announce a call for participation in a one-day community workshop on October 22, 2022. WASLA volunteers will be asked to lead conversations around the placement of trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian use within an active forest management model and conservation easement framework. Brainstorm with local community members additional amenities and features that align with the desired forest experience and make recommendations for improving and adding to existing infrastructure. 

Chimacum Ridge Community Forest is a 918-acre prominent landscape feature located within east Jefferson County. Nestled amongst small-heritage farms, it is owned and managed by the Jefferson Land Trust as a protected natural resource for the surrounding communities that include Chimacum and Port Townsend.  As an actively managed forest, with a conservation easement framework, Jefferson Land Trust is working with local community groups and stakeholders to provide recreation, access, and education opportunities for the public. Their mission is to promote equitable and inclusive access to local community resources, while stewarding the lands and providing education on their local heritage. 

Send us an email here to RSVP to this exciting workshop!

Can’t make the October workshop? We’re creating a roster of other project needs and matching volunteers with the right skill set. Let us know you’re interested! [email protected]

Landscape architects can now receive grant funding associated with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Through these programs, landscape architects will have new opportunities to propose novel design solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental injustice, and dangerous transportation corridors.

New Programs:

These grant opportunities are the result of your persistent advocacy with ASLA. The Government Affairs team will continue to monitor and advocate for additional funding resources. In the meantime, apply to these programs today!

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