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Nomination for Officers are being accepted

 

Now is the time to submit nominations of candidates to serve on the 2016-2017 ASLA Texas Executive Committee. If you are able and interested in serving on the board be sure to nominate yourself!  Click here for the Nomination Form

When considering potential candidates' qualifications for the offices, the following should be considered:

Does the candidate have the abilities and the commitment the office requires?
What has been the candidate's previous experience and performance record?
Has the candidate attended meetings and shown interest in ASLA?
Has the candidate shown leadership, worked on committees, done work for the chapter or Section?
Can the candidate be counted on?
Is he/she dependable and available?
Does the candidate have any special talents which would aid him/her in filling the position more effectively?

The open positions for the State Chapter are:
President–Elect
Secretary
Treasurer

The open positions for the Chapter Sections are:
Chair–Elect
Secretary/Treasurer

Important!  Only Full members may run for President and; President-Elect. Section Chairs serve a valuable role on the Texas Chapter ExComm and in their respective Sections. It is important that nominations Section Chairs be submitted at this time as well.

Submit your nominations to V. Eric Perez, President at eperez@swagroup.com June 6, 2016.


The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners
 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) have created a new tool to assist communities  The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).

You can find the workbook at: go.nps.gov/parkstrailshealth_workbook 

The tool includes information to help users find health data and learn about completed HIAs that included parks, trails, or greenways. It also includes case studies that pilot its use in Whatcom County, Washington, and a Mescalero Apache tribal area in New Mexico. The workbook consists of five sections:

· Community health profile.
· Site information.
· Site planning
· Park and trail system planning.
· Monitoring and evaluation. 

The workbook was jointly developed by the CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative (www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces) and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (www.nps.gov/rtca).