ASLA survey shows business outlook weakening

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has recently released the results of their third quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey with billings and inquiries for work drop and hiring plans on hold. Year on year results see an overall improvement  with 84.7 percent claimed stable to significantly higher third-quarter inquiries from potential clients for new project work.  Fully 80.6 percent of firm representatives responding indicated stable to higher billable hours in the third quarter of 2013, representing a slight drop from 82.8 percent last quarter. Inquiries showed a retreat, with some 78 percent reporting stable to higher inquiries for work, compared to 83.5 percent last quarter. It will be interesting to hear how the industry is fairing during the business roundtables at ASLA Meeting/Expo in Boston next week.

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Should humans dictate nature in the name of conservation? – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail reports

On naked patches of land in Western Canada and the United States, scientists are planting trees that don’t belong there. It’s a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate.

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