Boy Scout Merit Badge Assistance Needed!

Boy Scout Merit Badge Assistance Needed!

Boy Scout Troop 755 Northville/Plymouth has a boy scout that would like to earn his Landscape Architecture merit badge, and needs the assistance of a professional to make this happen. The scout is departing for college on August 15, 2014 and is eager to complete the requirements for this merit badge before then.

The landscape architect would not need to be a certified Merit Badge Counselor, but would need to provide a few hours of guidance to the boy scout.

For more information about the badge requirements, visit the Boy Scouts’ web page:


If you are in the Northville/Plymouth area and are interested in helping this boy scout in the next couple of weeks – please contact Stephanie Usevicz at (734) 636-6838 or by e-mail at

Green Burial Conference – October 11, 2014

A first-of-its-kind Green Burial Conference will be held on October 11, 2014 at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  Green burial is a growing trend that is attractive to many but how to achieve it remains illusive.  Learn about green burial options from local and national experts through panel discussion, presentation, and outdoor mock demonstration.

This conference is your opportunity to think about questions such as: Do you or a loved one want your body to go back to the earth naturally?  Would you like this choice to be available in your local cemetery?

To explore such questions and issues, Merilynne Rush, Ann Arbor-based green burial educator and home funeral advocate, is joined by an impressive array of speakers from within and without the funeral industry.  Discover the full web of choices.  Learn the practicalities of how to do a natural burial; discuss current practices and what families want; and have the opportunity to network with professionals.

Speakers include Charles Morris, President, Green Burial Council International, Mike Mitchell, licensed funeral director, Jack Goodnoe, landscape architect and cemetery planner and Barbara Lucas, producer and host of “The Green Room” on WEMU public radio and CTN television

Families, individuals, funeral directors, cemetery workers and environmentalists are invited.  As a bonus, A Will for the Woods, an award-winning green burial documentary chronicling one-man’s quest to leave a lasting legacy, will be shown Friday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm with discussion to follow.

Space is limited!  Tickets for both events are available at  Matthaei Botanical Gardens is  located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  For  more information, contact Merilynne Rush at 734-395-9660  or, or visit

MiASLA Annual Conference – September 10, 2014

2014 Michigan Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 10 at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo.

Exhibitor Registration is now available.  Click here to download the PDF.

For more information, visit our Annual Meeting Page.

2014 SITES Advertising Opportunities

2014 SITES Media Kit is now available!  To reach approx. 600 recipients with printed quarterly publications and an additional 700 via e-mail for digital copies of the publication, click here for more information (or on the journal cover below)!

LARE Study Groups

MiASLA would like to assist in organizing informal study groups for the L.A.R.E. sessions in April 2014 and August 2014.  MiASLA will gather contact information for individuals studying for the L.A.R.E. in different regions of the state and help coordinate the formation of study groups.

If you are currently studying for the L.A.R.E and would like to participate in a study group, please email with your contact information including your name, phone number, and the preferred region of the state, as well as the sections and date of the exam that you are studying for.

Regions: Upper Peninsula, Northern, Western, Central, Southeastern

New Job Postings – Check It Out!

Check out new Michigan job postings on our Job Postings page!

2013 Michigan ASLA Chapter Award Winners

Congratulations to the seven project submissions that received the highest honors from Michigan ASLA’s 28th Annual Chapter Awards!  Graphic representation coming soon.

Landscape Architectural Design:


Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, MI

Michael J. Dul & Associates



Baylor University Sciences Building, Waco, TX

Harley Ellis Devereaux


Mill Creek Park, Dexter, MI

SmithGroup JJR, Inc.


Landscape Planning & Analysis:


Detroit Future City, Detroit, MI

Hamilton Anderson, Detroit Works Long Term Planning Team



Middlegrounds Metropark Master Plan, Toledo, OH

SmithGroup JJR, Inc.


River Raisin Heritage Corridor – East Master Plan, Monroe, MI

Beckett & Raeder, Inc.


Landscape Architectural Sustainability:


Delta Dental of Michigan Corporate Headquarters Campus, Okemos, MI

Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.

Find your Michigan Senator/Representative

Do you need a reminder of who your State Senator or Representative is?  Do you know who your Federal Senators and Representative are?  CLICK HERE for a link to the Secretary of State to look this information up!

MiASLA Legislative Talking Points

Posted 27 February 2013

The Arguments Against De-Regulation of Landscape Architects


Landscape architecture is a profession that blends creativity and science. Every day, landscape architects work to improve our communities and the environment, using their talents in planning, design and land‐use management. Projects that landscape architects design and contribute to include parks, urban design, residential developments, campuses, shopping centers, gardens, transportation facilities, corporate and institutional facilities and more. The profession became licensed in 2008 with Public Act 490.

The following are reasons to keep the landscape architect license in place here in Michigan:
  • If licensure is revoked, Michigan will be the only state that does not regulate landscape architecture.
  • Without a license to practice, every Michigan-based landscape architect will immediately be placed at a competitive disadvantage with a lack of reciprocity and inability to bring projects and work out of state back here to Michigan.
  • Landscape architects compete and collaborate with other design professions, such as architects and civil engineers. Without licensure, we simply cannot compete and our businesses cannot function. Licensure levels the playing field for Michigan landscape architects by eliminating this competitive disadvantage on a regional and national basis, even within our own profession.

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2014 Promotional Bundle Supporters

MiASLA thanks our generous Promotional Bundle Supporters!

To find out how you can support Michigan ASLA with a Promotional Bundle, Download the 2014 Form.  (pdf)


Victor Stanley, Inc.



Landscape Forms


Pine Hall Brick



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