It is with pleasure that I report to you that the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation: Conserving Cultural Landscapes is, in its 39 th year, strong in membership, finances, spirit and enthusiasm. The strength of the organization is the result of dedicated leadership by our past president Carrie Gregory, and support by the board of directors who have earnestly pursued new initiatives, actively addressed concerns, and –above all else– passionately planned, implemented, and participated in our inspiring annual conferences. The professional connections, knowledge, experience, and interests that we share during these gatherings remain the heart of the Alliance, as I believe our founding members intended when they first met in 1978.
This year’s conference in Calgary was exceptional and we all left with our brains stimulated by the history and beauty of the Calgary parks, Rocky Mountains, hoodoos, badlands, and coal mining landscape east of the city. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Michelle Reid for planning this highly
successful conference. The next few years promise to be compelling, as we venture to Tucson, Arizona, in March (14-17) 2018, and Detroit, Michigan, the following Spring. Watch for the call for papers in October.
The board is excited to be initiating development of a strategic plan during the next year. It has been many years since the last such plan was developed, and recent committee activities indicate the need for a holistic approach to considering how best to pursue future endeavors. Topics we will address will include development of a sustainable endowment to fund student scholarships, sustainable opportunities for managing expenses, board continuity, possible establishment of an internship position, and organization communications (newsletter, conference proceedings, social media, etc.). Please contact me or another board member if there are other topics that you think we should address as part of this plan—we are very open to hearing from each of you and incorporating your ideas in the process.
I look forward to working with you all, and to seeing you in March in Tucson!
Brenda Williams, ASLA