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Housing Starts, Permits Pass Million-Unit Pace in November

Both housing starts and building permits approached five-year highs in November, as the former reached an annual rate of 1.09 million units (seasonally adjusted). Permits to build new homes, despite a 3.1 percent decline from October, reached a 1.01 million-unit annual pace.
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John Deere Landscapes Gets New Majority Owners

The parent company of John Deere Landscapes, Deere and Company, stated in October that it would initially retain a 40 percent equity interest in the landscape supply distributor, and sell the remainder to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice. The close of the sale was recently announced with no mention of the exact percent of equity interest that was retained. John Deere Landscapes has more than 2,000 employees at approximately 400 locations in 41 states.
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Warner Larson, Inc.
Warner Larson, Inc., is an award-winning landscape architectural firm integrating comprehensive site design, engineering and permitting services for academic institutions, athletic facilities, parks and playgrounds, commercial developments and residential projects. The firm developed a solid reputation for high quality design solutions with personal attention to detail under the leadership of Gary Larson for the firm's first 25 years. In 2003, after having been with the company for six years, David Warner became a shareholder.
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Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Landscape

Proactive employers should make sure that internal processes are already in place to comply with I-9 employment verification rules and fair and equitable hiring practices. If the worksite enforcement record of the Obama administration is any indication, even if CIR does not become law, small and large businesses can only expect more oversight and enforcement activity from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the new year. Employers, for example, should make sure human resources personnel are properly trained on I-9 compliance and that all employees know what to do in the event of an ICE audit or worksite raid.
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December Homebuilder Confidence Reaches 2013 High

The index measuring homebuilder confidence in the market for new single-family homes improved to 58 in December, matching the highest score in 2013 and the seventh consecutive month above 50, which indicates more builders are positive about the market than negative.
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IA Webinar for Smart Irrigation Month

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, will host a Smart Irrigation Month Webinar, which will provide tips on earning state proclamations.
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PLANET and OSHA Renew Alliance

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced the renewal of their alliance with OSHA. Glenn Jacobsen (left), PLANET president, and Dr. David Michaels (right), Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, signed a five-year agreement.
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CULTEC Chambers Detain Stormwater for Private School's New Turf Field

Founded in 1907, Trinity-Pawling School is a traditional college-preparatory boarding and day school for boys grades seven through 12 and post-graduates in Pawling, N.Y. The school offers 13 varsity sports, including football, soccer, basketball, squash, lacrosse and tennis. As part of a major ongoing renovations project, student-athletes will soon be able to play on a brand new artificial turf field.
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ASLA Yearbook: New York/New Jersey Chapter Reports

It was a busy year for state and local chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Members participated in numerous events and activities related to the national ASLA's Year of Public Service; presented awards to deserving designers and prosperous projects; and enriched their communities with the innumerable benefits of landscape architecture. Click the link to find out what the New York and New Jersey chapters were up to in 2013.
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Enhanced SITES Rating System Released

As part of the University of Pennsylvania's "Penn Connects" campus master plan, this deteriorating site in Philadelphia, Pa., was redesigned and awarded SITES(TM) certification. The green space has been optimized to capture and control stormwater from the site and surrounding rooftops, provide viable native plant and animal habitats, minimize transportation of materials to and from the site, and serve as a starting point for the development of a sustainable maintenance strategy for the university at large.
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ASLA Class of Fellows from the Indiana Chapter
Deane Rundell's parks, downtown plazas, campuses and trails bring people together in meaningful ways. These community gathering places invariably provide flexible open spaces with careful custom detailing and meaningful art to raise people's spirits. The small and midsize towns of the Midwest are his chosen medium. He has spent a career learning how they work, their special needs, and collaborating with their citizens. He draws from city and town histories and characters to recreate true places of value.
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A Flea Market on Your Phone

According to the National Flea Market Association, flea markets in the US account for $30 billion in sales per year, which is more than twice the total box office for all movie tickets sold in the US per year.
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Buffalo's Waterfront Plan

Step one of the Buffalo Outer Harbor plan includes the transfer of nearly 400 acres of land to New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the creation of Buffalo's first public swimming beach, and comprehensive community input.
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LebanonTurf Products to be Tested in Space

Student Spaceflights Experiments Program experiment creators Cade Lamont, Sydney Holler, Jason Liszka and Trey Saulsbery from Jamestown High School in Jamestown, Pa., will test how LebanonTurf Products use microbes and bacteria to break down organic fertilizers in soil and fertilize roots in space.
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Lambert Landscape Company Honors City of Highland Park with Tree Planting

For Highland Park, Texas (pop. 8,564), about three miles north of downtown Dallas, 2013 marks the city's centennial year. In honor of its 100th year, Lambert Landscape and Moore Tree Care, its subsidiary, donated and planted a gorgeous live oak for Highland Park.
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NWF Launches New Certification

The National Wildlife Federation, a non-profit organization that works to protect wildlife, has announced the launch of their new certification program for landscape professionals.
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France Earns Dark-Sky Reserve

The IDA, a non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has announced the designation of Pic du Midi Observatory (pictured above) as the first Dark-Sky Reserve in France. It is the second largest in the world after Aoraki Mackenzie in New Zealand.
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Urban Planning Seminar Track

This year LA Expo hosts 30+ CEU approved seminars and workshops in six different seminar tracks, including an urban planning track, which will educate attendees on Transportation Oriented Design (TOD) tree selection, designing urban bike paths, and more. See below to view a list of urban planning. Seats are limited so sign up today!
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Grounds of Calif.'s Historic Governor's Mansion Illuminated
for First Time


The Governor's Mansion at the corner of 16th and H Streets in downtown Sacramento, today a state historic park, now has 110 individually controlled LEDs to illuminate the mansion, carriage house and the abundant flowers, shrubs and trees, which date back to 1877. The grounds lighting was the idea of Michael Sestak (Sestak Lighting Design), along with Andy Thomas (Viewpoint Lighting), Scott Sissom (Elegant Outdoor Lighting) and members of the Sacramento chapter of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals. Low-flow irrigation was also donated by a number of local companies. The lighting and irrigation donations are valued at $100,000 in materials and labor.
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First Certification Body Accredited for Snow Removal Standard

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board developed the SN 9001 Quality Management System to help reduce risk in the professional snow and ice removal industry.
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Allen Engineering Introduces a Line of Concrete Mixers

Allen Engineering concrete mixers standard features include: batch capacity; heavy-duty retractable tongue; an engine protected from the elements by a cover; and axle springs that minimize bounce and sway when towing.
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Safety Town volunteers worked on four separate build days and used many of their own tools. The volunteer force ranged from at-large citizens within Warminster, Penn., Rotary Club members, local business employees and municipal workers.
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Oly-Ola Edgings Produces Recycled Vinyl Hardscapes

Shown are a sampling of Oly-Ola's 100 percent recycled paver restraints and landscape edgings. From left to right: Bric-Edg(TM),Super-Edg(TM) and Teco-Edg(TM).
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From Seoul to San Diego, Do-Ho Suh Follows His Own Path

Working with sculpture/installation artist Do-Ho Suh on "Falling Star" was Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects of San Diego, which designed a low maintenance, New England-style cottage garden for the perilously positioned "home."
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Netafim Teams With Tucor

Two irrigation product makers, Netafim USA, which has produced landscape dripline products for 25 years, and Tucor Inc., which has manufactured smart controllers for 18 years, have agreed to jointly release a new product line.
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