New York State Announces Pollinator Plan Update


New York State HomeThe New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation (DEC), and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has announced the 2020 Pollinator Protection Plan Update. The update outlines actions taken since the creation of the Pollinator Protection Plan and provides several recommendations to further the State’s goals to protect its pollinator populations.  This includes creating the Cooperative Honey Bee Health Improvement Plan, expanding the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team, increasing pollinator friendly habitats, and continuing critical research on the major stressors to honey bees.  

State Agencies’ Role in Best Management Practices and Pollinator Habitats

The Pollinator Protection Plan has helped advance many of the State’s goals to protect its pollinator populations, including developing voluntary best management practices for all pollinator stakeholders and developing habitat enhancement efforts to protect and revive populations of native and managed pollinators.  New York State’s agencies, such as DEC, OPRHP, the NYS Department of Transportation, the NYS Thruway Authority, and the NYS Office of General Services, have contributed greatly to enhancing habitats and implementing best management practices for pollinators since 2016.  Agencies have conducted pollinator surveys; reduced or altered mowing practices to avoid disruptions to pollinator life cycles, provide late-season forage and aid in wildflower seed dispersal; planted pollinator friendly trees and flowers in landscaping; installed bee boxes in viable areas; implemented 11 critical projects that enhanced native pollinator habitat; and educated the public on the diversity and importance of native pollinators.

The Pollinator Plan Update recommends that all state agencies, including OPRHP, continue to conserve, maintain, and expand pollinator gardens and larger pollinator habitats, emphasizing the use of native plantings.

NYS Tech Team

In response to rising concerns about honey bee declines, the New York State Pollinator Protection Plan included the development and expansion of the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team at Cornell University. The NYS Beekeeper Tech Team works directly with beekeepers to improve honey bee health, reduce colony losses, and increase profitability of the beekeeping industry. To date, the Tech Team has worked with a total of 58 beekeepers who manage 27,094 colonies in New York State. The team has sampled colonies from 138 apiaries across 30 counties to assess the queen status, population strength, brood health, and to collect Varroa, Nosema, and pesticide samples. 

The Pollinator Protection Plan Update recommends expanding the Tech Team by increasing its geographic range to enroll beekeepers in unrepresented areas, such as the North Country, Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.  It also recommends the Tech Team program broaden its reach to New York State beekeepers by offering web-based learning tutorials on best management practices.

Integrated Pest Management and Research

Additional future recommendations include targeting Cornell University’s Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) to develop best management practices for the use of treated seed in crop production and fungicides in specialty crops. In addition, the update recommends replicating Cornell’s on-farm research on pesticide spray practices and pesticide residues (pollen, wax) used on strawberry and apple farms to other New York cropping systems and commodities.

The update also supports additional IPM research on alternative control measures and treatment for the Varroa mite. Varroa mites were identified by the NYS Tech Team as one of the top stressors for honey bees and are a significant predictor of winter colony loss.

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Black History Month

A Special Message from our ASLA-NY President

Dear ASLA-NY Members and Friends,
I have had the great honor and privilege of being elected and serving as your President for these last ten months. Even as I was running for office, I did not fathom the year that lay ahead. I moved in with my partner at the top of the year, just finished assembling our IKEA closet masterpiece, when suddenly our bedroom became my office, our frisky feline Mishka entertaining unsuspecting viewers with his unchoreographed video-conference cameos!  
As the coronavirus gripped New York and we went into lockdown – I led my first board meeting, virtually. We welcomed my niece Samara into the world on Arbor Day (named after the winged achene fruit). We moved my parents out of my “permanent” address on Long Island, sorting through thirty-five years of life accumulation. This year has directed me inward to focus on what is important.
I ran on the platform for the Presidency that all voices need to be heard – the urgency cemented in the months that followed. The crises of 2020 have shined the limelight on the center stage role of landscape architecture.  I, along with the entire Board are forever changed and are activated and empowered to move us positively forward.
In an uplifting spirit, I would love to share with you what our incredible ASLA-NY volunteer members (tripled to more than sixty!) and our tireless Executive Director, Diane Sferrazza Katz, have been cooking up behind the scenes while under quarantine:
  • Our Advocacy Committee is currently taking a new approach that enables Members’ rights and interests at a local, state, and federal level. Through strategic communication, we are keeping members informed of important advocacy issues and drafting position statements in addition to engaging in outreach on behalf of our partners. Our Advocacy Committee is our direct liaison to the New York State Council of Landscape Architects established to further important legislative agenda. We now have five chapter members representing us on the Council!
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is our newly formed working group. Building on the momentum of the Black Lives Matter Movement, we are ushering in a shift toward equity in our profession by starting with our board members and disseminating to the Chapter through each of our committees. Decided to make systemic change, there will be opportunities for landscape architects and designers in the region to participate in the coming months as the group continues to form.
  • In the spirit of inclusivity, we have also built up a dedicated Membership Committee that is reaching out to lapsed and potential members to understand individual needs to make the Chapter more beneficial to the wider population. One endeavor we are working towards is creating practice networks that allows our members to connect with others in the same area of interest.
  • Our Awards Committee runs and administers the Chapter’s annual design awards. To encourage and assist more firm participation and to reflect the diversity of our profession, we are revamping both program and submission requirements. We have studied past awards data and are working on outreach to all local firms – developing strategies to encourage participation from minority-owned firms and to be more representative of the wide range of practice of our profession offers.
  • Our expanded Education Committee is collaborating with local schools for integration in and out of the classroom through educational enrichment opportunities targeting school-age students in underserved communities. We realize that engaging with the young is our greatest opportunity to change the future. This threads into our developing Mentorship Program which will target aspiring landscape architects enrolled in degree programs to convince the wide breadth of career opportunities available. Our Education Committee has also helped transform Little 12th Street as part of the Future Streets collaboration with AIA and APA.
  • Our Programs Committee has successfully adapted to the fully digital format with a silver lining of engaging with speakers from distant locations, including our cross-over series with the ASLA-NY Upstate Chapter and engaging with our members from a further geographic reach of our Chapter. We are looking forward to experimenting with new ways of engaging members in the upcoming year through both social and educational events.
  • Our Communications / Public Awareness Committee has masterfully reconfigured our newsletter and our new ASLA-NY website is launching soon! With a fresh layout and organization, we are better showcasing award winners, upcoming programs and events, and general chapter news and information. During COVID, we provided online resources to members, including a wide range of CEU opportunities, online education, work from home, and mental health resources. Our Communications / Public Awareness Committee led this year’s Park(ing) Day Event on West End Avenue and developed a website to promote it.
Alliances across disciplines and at National ASLA greatly further our efforts in the profession – strengthening our network and changing our community with recent endeavors including:
  • building a New York and regional team as part of the Nationally led ASLA Climate Action Committee a future regional network forming to host a series of conversations aimed at addressing climate change;
  • collaborating in the Fine Arts Federation and the NYC PDC, production in the second document in their Designing New York Series, “Streetscapes for Wellness” providing guiding principles and recommendations for quality design of streetscapes and adjacent open spaces;
  • working with community groups and the AEC industries in Redefining the Street: A Community Design Collaboration sponsored by ASLA-NY and the AIANY-NYS Unified Crisis Task Force, to reimagine public space to equitably improve the health, access, and safety through temporary measures and permanent solution that can be implemented in NYC and contribute to future urban policies; and
  • partnering on the National COVID-19 Outdoor Classroom Initiative, assisting local schools in developing outdoor classrooms through pro-bono conceptual design and consultation.
Thank you to our sponsors, especially those who continued to support us during this difficult year. We look forward to our continued collaborations in the time ahead.
We applaud the immeasurable contribution of our ASLA-NY Volunteers, these incredibly engaging and spirited individuals that gave tremendously of their time while we are in a crisis.
Colleagues and Friends – we welcome you to reach out – to give us a call, send us a message, comment on our social media pages, come to a meeting – however you prefer to join us. I can be reached directly at [email protected]. My heart is with all of you and the journeys you have been on this past year.
As I am cautiously optimistic, I look forward to seeing you in person soon. I sincerely wish you and your families a healthy, happy, and peaceful year ahead.
Yours Truly,

2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture Call for Presentations

Deadline: February 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.


The American Society of Landscape Architects is currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Tennessee, November 19-22, 2021.

The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture is the largest gathering of landscape architects and allied professionals in the world—all coming together to learn, celebrate, build relationships, and strengthen the bonds of our incredibly varied professional community. We are looking for education proposals that will help to drive change in the field of landscape architecture and provide solutions to everyday challenges that are informed by research and practice.



  • Please read the submission guide for the session type for which you plan to submit (linked under session formats).
  • The presentation submission and review process is managed through an online system, Abstract ScoreCard. ASLA members and returning users should use their unique ASLA ID or username and password below. If you forgot your password, please visit: (opens new window) Non-ASLA members should click “Begin Now” to get started.
  • Please login to the Abstract ScoreCard early. Your account will lock after three incorrect password submissions. If this happens, please contact Membership at [email protected] (opens new window) directly to reset.
  • Upon submission, the submitter will receive an email confirmation.




Winners Announced: 2020 AIANY, ASLANY T+I Design Excellence Awards

The AIANY, ASLANY  Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards recognize exceptional design in infrastructure. The awards program is open to registered architects, landscape architects, and planners.

Built and unbuilt projects will be reviewed for their innovative design approaches to transportation and infrastructure. AIANY + ASLANY will recognize projects that reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture.

CLICK HERE to see the winning projects

2021 Design Awards

ASLA-NY values our annual awards program and its ability to highlight the tremendous projects happening in New York and the work of our amazing New York firms. 
In an effort to enable wider practice participation and to have our design awards reflect the diversity of our profession, ASLA-NY feels it is important to make some changes to our program and submission requirements. Stay tuned for more information, as well as an announcement as to when submissions will be open.  We encourage firms to begin preparation of your awards submissions.
Please CLICK HERE to check out ASLA-NY’s tips on winning strategies for submissions.