Senators propose principles for immigration reform
Neal Conan, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, discusses proposed immigration reform and the potential changes for immigrants and employers with guests Mara Liasson, national political correspondent, NPR; Linda Chavez, syndicated columnist and chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity; Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy, Center for American Progress; and Richard Cohen, president and owner, Richard Cohen Landscape and Construction Inc. Click here to read transcript of show or Listen to the Story.
NOTE: Recording runs 47 min 6 sec.
Registration is now open for the 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees
America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, the STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund, has opened registration for its 2013 Tour, which will launch from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Sunday, July 28 and travel 585 miles through upstate New York and southern Ontario, concluding Aug. 3 at Toronto Island, Ontario. The weeklong event will include tree plantings, educational programs, and community engagement activities in addition to a week of unforgettable cycling and camaraderie. More
GIGE 2013: 'What happened in Vegas … doesn’t need to stay in Vegas'
Against the backdrop of energy and excitement that is Las Vegas, some 160 landscape industry owners and managers gathered for the second annual Green Industry Great Escape (GIGE). They came to be recharged and gain insight on being better leaders, and the combination of fun activities and education more than met their expectations. More
Three important things I learned at 'The Great Escape'
I dropped in on my first PLANET Great Escape conference in Las Vegas, February 21–22. I'd never been to this event, which is designed for company leaders to pick up some self-improvement tips while also enjoying some R+R. More
Gregg Wartgow, editor in chief of Yard & Garden Magazine, Green Industry PRO Magazine, SnowPRO Magazine and GreenIndustryPros.com
LS Training launches enhanced website
LS Training has re-launched its online training and safety support website. These changes will help landscape professionals and contractors stay up-to-date on current trends, consistent safety training and a growing library of safety videos while deepening their understanding of the breadth of LS Training product portfolio and technical expertise. More
Major changes start at the grass roots, so get involved!
In any given legislative year, 9,000–10,000 bills are introduced in the U.S. Congress and another 10,000 at the state level. Although only a very small percentage actually become law, these laws govern every aspect of our lives, from communication to recreation, transportation, the environment, and much more. Laws governing issues such as pesticides, fertilizers, immigration/H-2B, small businesses, safety in the work place, clean water and air emissions, and gasoline taxes are among the hundreds of decisions that our legislators make on our behalf every day. More
PLANET members in the news:
Foegley Landscape recognized as Small Business of the Year!
Given in partnership with the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Small Business of the Year Award is presented to Foegley Landscape, which has demonstrated leadership, innovation, economic growth and capital investment. More
NH Landscape Association partners with Rotary clubs in storm ravaged neighborhoods
The New Hampshire Landscape Association (NHLA) has again approved a partnership agreement with the national land care network, known as PLANET, by participating in a nationwide public space beautification effort known as PLANET Day of Service. More
YardApes, Inc. announces its 2012 Ape of the Year recipient
YardApes, Inc. announced Ramiro Parra has received the landscape firm’s Ape of the Year award. Awarded to the employee who consistently demonstrates initiative, and who exceeds performance standards, the Ape of the Year recipient is determined by both customer and co-worker votes. More
Ruppert Landscape’s President Chris Davitt to retire in 2014
Ruppert Landscape’s President Chris Davitt has announced that he will retire from his position in January 2014. He will remain with the company in an active advisory role with the management team and will serve on the company’s advisory board. More
Neave Group holds true to Its values after 40 years
For Neave Group Outdoor Solutions, the only thing more remarkable than all that’s changed in the past 40 years is how much has stayed exactly the same. More
Elite Landscaping featured in March issue of Total Landscape Care
When David Katz of Elite Landscaping designs a landscape, it’s about creating a space beyond a client’s wildest dreams More
Belknap Landscape achieves concrete paver certification; Protects water quality
The Lakes Region landscape design-build firm Belknap Landscape Company, Inc. (BLC) continues a commitment to water quality protection and employee education by achieving an Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Certification. More
Operations Manager Mark Smith (left) and Masonry Supervisor Rich DuBreuil represented the Belknap Landscape Company Construction Division, completing course work and exams to achieve a coveted Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Certification.
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