Well, this is my first post for Chapter PR 365. First of all, I must express my gratitude for Mike Cowden’s many contributions to ASLA and helping me get up to speed these last few weeks. I will truly miss him but know that he has a shining career ahead.
The title of this post — “The Community Concept” — comes from a book that I’m currently reading, “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold. It’s the title of a section in the book that describes how having a land ethic turns humans from conquerors of that land to members of the entire land community, including soils, waters, plants, and animals. The title caught my eye because it expresses the way I’d like to work with all the ASLA Chapters. We are all part of the landscape architecture community, and we need to work together to promote this profession to the public.
A couple of years ago, I visited Leopold’s Shack, which influenced so much of his writing, and was blown away by the rustic beauty of the building and surrounding landscape. The place contained many stories, and I can’t wait to learn about and share yours.