Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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6 LC DBM George Schmok Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Mike Dahl Editor Assistant Editors Breanna Belken Greg Frank Editorial Contributors Contributors: Brenda Bredahl, VERSA-LOK; Russ Beardsley, Borrowed Ground; Jordan Keyes, Lauren LaMorte, Trow & Holden; Anthony DeFranco, DeFranco Landscaping; Steven Schrenk, Polycor; Hannah Karlson, Kat Bowley, Shannon Benton, Kleber & Associates; Santosh George, Complete Landsculpture; Marc Barnes, King's English LLC; Walt Steele, Pine Hall Brick; Natalie Stan, The Belden Brick Co.; Art Burkhart, Old Carolina Brick Company; Lance Boyer, Brian Nichols, TRADEMARK Concrete Systems; Will Fowler, The Concrete Protector, Todd Scharich, American Society of Concrete Contractors: Mike Ruggiero; Dan Dalton, Almstead Tree & Shrub Co.; Joseph LiPuma, Anjoe Tree Service; Sam Borrelli Jr., Superior Excavation Associate Editors Horticulture & Turf Mark Sosnowitz MG, GCSAA Irrigation Dennis Pittenger Area Environmental Horticulturist, University of California, Riverside Pesticides James A. Bethke Nursery and Floriculture Advisor, University of California Art Director Nicole Miller Senior Graphic Designer Dylan Brinkley Advertising/Marketing 714-979-LASN (5276) x113 • 714-979-3543 (Fax) Print Advertising Sales Matt Henderson Jason Seaberg Clint Phipps National Accounts Digital Sales Nathan Schmok Landscape Communications, Inc. Executive Administration Amy Deane Office Administration Cynthia McCarthy IT & Graphic Design Technician Jerry Short Trade Show Manager Margot Boyer Trade Show Sales & Marketing Representative Nathan Schmok Director of Data Development Frank Vazquez Circulation/Fulfillment Francisco Alvarez Grace Bennett David Ibriham Ana Linares Chase Reed Calvin Scott Contract Fulfillment Coordinator/Jr. Graphic Designer Ryan Moore Warehouse & Facilities Manager Javier Miranda Volume 21, No. 03 • John 11:25 … Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die." Landscape Contractor Design Build Maintain and/or the publisher is a member of or financially supports the following associations: American Planning Association • California Landscape Contractors Association • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions • American Society of Landscape Architects • National Recreation and Parks Association • International Dark Sky Association• International Association of Lighting Designers • Irrigation Association • Association of Professional Landscape Designers • National Parks Conservation Association • Turf Producers International • National Trust for Historic Preservation • Illuminating Engineering Society • International Erosion Control Association • International Society of Arboriculture• Landscape Architecture Foundation • CLASS Fund • National Wildlife Federation • Sierra Club • Arbor Day Foundation • Smithsonian • The Nature Conservancy Enlisting the Domestic Workforce George Schmok, Publisher LC DBMS Above Over the past 10 years, LC/DBM has advocated for the National Asso- ciation to encourage American Citizens to join the ranks in this most Honorable of Professions. Visit and find article #9930 to see one of the first commentaries on this subject and the numerous responses it generated from across the nation. I make it a point to read as many landscape magazines, newsletters and commentaries as I can from across the country and see that many today are talking about the limitations of H-2B and the lack of workers available as the landscape industry, and the economy as a whole, heats up. Now, with Spring in the air, the need to enhance your crew is more important than ever. I've seen and heard comments like, "we need to increase the H-2B limits," "you need to become less labor intensive," and "nobody wants these jobs." However, for most of the years I have been in this industry, very little was done to promote a healthy workforce from within our borders. First of all, there is a huge group of Americans that are underemployed. No . . . I'm not talking race or immigration . . . I'm talking American males in the 20-24-year-old category. This is the largest segment of unemployed people across all races and the one segment that is most capable of doing the physical labor associated with landscape. This group is also willing to gain education and is the most easily influenced to begin a new career path. Over the years I've written about this issue many times and recieved a lot of kickback from (then) PLANET and also the Nurserymen's Association (ANLA), with most of their comments focusing on bringing in a foreign workforce based on the age-old misconception that "nobody else wants these jobs." To which I would reply . . . Why? Almost everyone I know in the industry loves the work and loves the job . . . Fortunately, through the NALP Growing the Workforce Initiative, which was introduced in 2016 and has been gaining steam over the past year, the national association has taken a big step forward. It's great to see NALP taking a proactive stance, by stating, "The Industry Growth Initiative is changing perceptions and narratives about the industry through aggressive public relations efforts that will redefine our image, making this a sought-after field of employment." Finally! Now, though, it's time for NALP to redouble their efforts and really start to push this agenda across all media and across all 50 states. Spring is upon us and work is piling up. To learn more about the NALP Industry Growth Initiative or to get involved, you can visit their website: and follow the menu link "Workforce". Landscape is a noble and profitable profession. It's great to see the national association finally stepping up and taking steps to make the landscape industry truly great again! God Bless . . . And Happy Easter! 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