Upcoming Events

Oct 15

2018 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

The Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC) is a biennial conference celebrating 10 years of connecting the invasive species management, research, and policy community.

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Advocacy Update

Last week the Wisconsin Senate concluded its business for the 2017-2018 session – and the two bills we’ve been tracking concerning our professional license, SB 288 & SB 296, and companion bills in the Assembly, AB 369 & AB 370, will not be voted on and the bills will expire. This is a small but meaningful victory and defense of our ability to practice and earn a living in the state of Wisconsin.

The Chapter will now focus our attention on the DSPS Occupational License Review Council and we continue to work with legislative consultant Michael Blumenfeld and Associates in strategizing our response. Chapter leadership has been proactive and has already met with DSPS Secretary Laura Guiterrez, who has indicated that the ‘review’ process will be “transparent” and will seek WI ASLA input for factual information to include in the review. You can read the text of the DSPS directive, below. ASLA Advocacy and Government Affairs will work with ASLA Government Affairs, CLARB and LAF in assembling information that will effectively defend our license. If we’re not at the table – we’re on the menu!

As members, practitioners and constituents, we will be mobilizing Chapter membership in our advocacy efforts.  

Read more details on the bills   

DSPS Occupational License Review Council Directive

Every day is Advocacy Day!

Jay Gehler, ASLA
608.695.6722
Advocacy & Government Affairs Chair


Call for Abstracts/Presentations: 2018 Upper Midwest Invasive Species - North American Invasive Species Management Association Joint Conference

Abstracts/presentations are due April 11 2018 for the 2018 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference - North American Invasive Species Management Association Joint Conference. The conference will cover all categories of invasive organisms (aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects and pathogens) with emphasis on Midwestern habitats including wetlands, forests, prairie and agriculture. Presentations will also cover invasive species concerns affecting all of North America. Special sessions will focus on the topics of organisms in trade, biocontrol, prescribed fire, citizen science and other special topics.

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USGBC West North Central SITES Collaborative Group

We are looking for interested individuals to participate in the USGBC West North Central SITES Collaborative group. This regional SITES Collaborative would be a group of key stakeholders interested in leadership roles focused on promoting built environments that are well planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The collaborative will start out by determining its mission and learning about the SITES program to better assist our community.

More information contact Christa Schaefer treasurer@wiasla.com

Check out this USGBC article from USGBC

SITES Collaboration overview