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Job Opportunity: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department – Recreation Trails Planner

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Recreation Trails Planner

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly motivated passionate trail planning and design professional. The ideal candidate will join our Salem based team in the execution of planning and design tasks with a focus on recreational and regional trails for Oregon Parks throughout the state. The primary purpose of this position is to work directly with the Planning + Design Manager and OPRD’s field managers to develop trail plans and trail design documents to better serve Oregon’s citizens and visitors. Long range trails plans will provide for the prioritization, funding and development of sustainable recreation trails that improve resource condition, recreation opportunities and visitor experience in our current and future park lands. Along with the State Park comprehensive trail planning efforts, the new trails planner will work on concept plan and construction documents for trail and design projects throughout the state. The position will require excellent graphic, verbal and written communication skills to assist the Planning + Design team in accomplishing the mission of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The mission of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreation sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

Contact: David Stipe
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer St NE Suite C
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-509-4752
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/JOBS/pages/jobs.aspx

 


Job Opportunity: Portland Parks & Recreation – Parks and Trails Planner

Parks and Trails Planner

$65,000-$75,587 (with a 10-15% increase pending)

Portland Parks & Recreation

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017 4:30PM

Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) is seeking a skilled planning professional with a background in city, urban or regional planning, landscape architecture, engineering, architecture or closely related field, and a minimum of two years of experience in planning, with a focus on areas such as policy development, master planning, strategic planning, planning and feasibility studies, trail planning alignment studies, trail acquisitions, trail route alternative analysis, and long-range plan development. This position uses general knowledge of environmental planning and supports Bureau efforts to promote inclusion and diversity. Responsibilities include communicating effectively with diverse communities, conducting outreach and implementing community involvement plans, representing the Bureau in city-wide or regional planning efforts, and work collaboratively with other City staff.

This position will work seamlessly with PP&R’s recreation, parks, trails, and natural area field operations staff on park proposals that are received from the public, and can answer questions that arise on land use, park use, and planning issues. The City Planner II may also be involved in assisting in PP&R’s Capital Improvement Plan process, PP&R’s Strategic Plan, historic resources, scenic view corridor preservation, river recreation planning, and preparation of grant applications. Parks planning experience is highly desirable.

Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and proficiency in languages besides English are encouraged to apply.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, VISIT: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/jobs

Questions? Contact Tamara Larison at the City of Portland, tamara.larison@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6821


Call for Entries for the 2017 Design Awards Opens August 28!

The Oregon Chapter of ASLA Oregon Design Awards program celebrates professional and student excellence by recognizing the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond. The Executive Committee is excited to announce the opening for the Call for Entries period, which runs between August 28 – September 25, 2017.
Please check back on the website on August 28 for the downloadable .PDF with complete directions and full descriptions of submission categories. A submission payment page and Dropbox link will also be available at that time.
Jury Deliberation
In early October, a jury with diverse landscape architecture and related expertise will convene in Portland to evaluate submissions. The 2017 jury features the following individuals:
Thank you to Anova Furnishings for providing sponsorship assistance for the jury.
Design Awards Soirée
 
The Design Awards Soirée’s Event Sponsor is Columbia Cascade/Timberforma leading local designer and manufacturer of playground equipment, site furnishings, bicycle parking solutions, and fitness equipment. The Event Sponsorship is critical to making the annual celebration and social event possible for our members.
Award winners selected by the jury will be announced at the Design Awards Soirée event on Friday, November 3. The evening’s event program also includes the People’s Choice Award, recognition of our Chapter’s newly admitted Fellow of ASLA, recognition of newly registered landscape architects approved by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board, and recognition of the outstanding academic achievements of student award winners from the University of Oregon. There’s lots to celebrate this year. Tickets will be available for online purchase soon after the Call for Entries period closes. Please save the date!

2017 Design Awards

The Executive Committee is working on the 2017 Call for Entries materials at this time. Please check back on this web page on August 28 for updated information. The following timeline reflects the most up-to-date information we can share at this time:
 
August 28: Call for Entries period opens. Information about awards categories, criteria, submittal requirements, eligibility, payment, etc. will be available on this webpage. 
 
Sept. 25: Call for Entries period closes at 4:00 PM.
 
Oct. 2 and 3: Jury deliberates
 
Oct. 5: Ticket sales open for the 2017 Design Awards Soiree. Oregon ASLA’s 2017 Event Sponsor is Columbia Cascade/Timberform. 
 
Nov. 3: Design Award Event at the Elysian Ballroom in Downtown Portland, 5:30 – 9:30 PM. Please save the date.

Job Opportunity: Schirmer Satre Group – Landscape Designer, Eugene Oregon

Position Announcement 8-10-17

Position: Landscape Designer, Eugene Oregon

Experience required: Entry Level to 3 Years Experience

Schirmer Satre Group is a landscape architecture and planning firm seeking a Landscape Designer to work on a variety of projects.

Candidates must be creative, enthusiastic and work effectively within a team. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized, be able to effectively manage time, be a self-starter and demonstrate advanced graphic skills. Effective knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office is desired. Completion of CAD test will be required as part of the review process.

Compensation is to commensurate with ability.

Email in pdf format maximum of 12 MG file size; resume with minimum of two references and examples of work to: john@schirmersatre.com. If additional work examples are available please include a dropbox or similar link to pdf format material.

Schirmer Satre Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education requirements: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program required.

John Schmidt
Schirmer Satre Group
www.schirmersatre.com


Job Opportunity: Oregon Department of Transportation – Associate in Landscape Architecture – Environmental Program Coordinator 2 (ODOT17-1566oc)

OPENING DATE/TIME: 08/03/17 12:00 AM

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 08/24/17 11:59 PM

SALARY: $4,404.00 – $6,503.00 Monthly

JOB TYPE: Limited Duration

LOCATION: Salem, Oregon

AGENCY: Transportation-Highway

DESCRIPTION: 

Announcement: ODOT17-1566oc Associate in Landscape Architecture Environmental Program Coordinator 2 Highway Division – Region 2 Tech Center Salem

We are recruiting for a limited duration associate in landscape architecture to join our Region 2 Geo/Hydro/HazMat Unit in Salem. The primary purpose of this position is to perform landscape architecture design for routine to moderately complex roadside development and erosion control projects under the professional supervision and response charge of a registered landscape architect. The associate in landscape architecture works on a wide variety of transportation projects in support of project development, construction, and maintenance operations.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

Additional Details: Limited Duration: This is a limited duration appointment that is expected to end on or before June 30, 2019, though the duration can change at any time or could possibly become a permanent position due to business needs. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service. Representation: This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide design solutions for landscape preservation and enhancement, including roadside development and erosion control for routine to moderately complex transportation projects under the professional supervision of a registered landscape architect.
  • Assist other designers, environmental staff, project managers, and other internal and external staff.
  • Provide expertise in natural resource restoration plan development such as wetland mitigation sites using context sensitive design and knowledge of visual resources.
  • Develop recommended native or non-native plant species lists and planting plans, specifications, and estimates for biological restoration.
  • Propose solutions, analyze and evaluate technical problems that arise during design or construction.
  • Recommend methods, materials, techniques, and processes to resolve problems. • Participate on multidisciplinary teams in developing projects.
  • Design work includes final contract plans, details, specifications, and cost estimates for staff registered landscape architect review and sealing.
  • Develop erosion control plans, specifications, and estimates for new earthwork projects and review plans submitted by contractors and consultants.
  • Assist the supervisor in planning and developing project goals and objectives, budgets, coordinating schedules, and defining the scope of each project.
  • Accompany agency supervisors, engineers, designers, and environmental staff on field trips to identify and evaluate landscape preservation and development concerns and recommend solutions.
  • Review erosion control plans provided by contractors and evaluate and/or propose changes to designs.

QUALIFICATIONS, REQUIRED & REQUESTED SKILLS:

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of environmental analysis or resource project management experience and a bachelor’s degree with 30 quarter or 20 semester hours in an environmental science, a physical science, a natural science, engineering, or a closely-related field. Three additional years of environmental analysis or resource project management experience may substitute for the bachelor’s degree.

Special Qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).

Preferred Attributes:

We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in landscape architecture.
  • Currently registered as an Oregon Landscape Architect in Training or as a registered Oregon Landscape Architect.
  • Two years of experience in roadside development or erosion control on transportation projects or equivalent.
  • Knowledgeable of landscape preservation and development including context sensitive design and visual resources, native and non-native species, and erosion control.
  • Experience working on project teams with other design professionals.
  • Experience developing landscaping plans and specifications under the supervision of a registered landscape architect, including work involving highways and/or roadways.

Working Conditions:

  • Typical office environment with frequent trips for meetings and field work.
  • Occasional overtime, night and weekend work, including some overnight travel required.
  • Field work may include rough terrain, inclement weather, falling rocks, landslides, steep slopes, heights, fast or deep water, hazardous plants and animals, construction sites, work around heavy construction equipment, and/or work in roadways with heavy traffic volumes.
  • Infrequent exposure to emergency situations, media, or hazardous materials.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

Instructions:

We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, please visit www.odotjobs.com and search for job posting ODOT17-1566oc and follow these steps.

  1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. There is no need to attach a resume to your application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
  2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
  3. Complete the supplemental questions.Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Pre-employment Checks:

We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates who are not current ODOT employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS, and/or education verification as required for the position.

Veteran’s Points: 

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, “[Your Last Name] DD214” and your disability letter “[Your Last Name] Disability Letter.” Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-692-9666. Note: DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans’ preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.

Questions and Application Support:

  • For questions about the job announcement, call 503-986-7146.
  • For technical help with your login or online application issues, call 1-855-524-5627 from 6:30a to 5:30p PT M-F. Leave a voicemail. It may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours, you can email Technical Support at support@governmentjobs.com.

Informational Links:  Oregon Landscape Architect Board.

We encourage you to print or save a PDF copy of your application.

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12355 Capitol St NE Salem, OR 97301-3871Fax 503-986-3895ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700 or through Oregon Relay Service at 7-1-1. ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Questions: 1-877-336-6368 (EEO-ODOT) or through Oregon Relay Service at 7-1-1. ODOT is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is our policy not to discriminate against any qualified employment applicant because of a disability.  Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process by contacting the Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager at 1-877-336-6368 (EEO-ODOT)ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by State or Federal laws.  For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, contact the Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager at 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). #LI-DNP


Lewis & Clark Greenway Charrette

Clark County, The Intertwine Alliance, and the Cities of Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, and Washougal have partnered together to develop a 46 mile regional trail that is envisioned to connect Ridgefield to Washougal along the northern bank of the Columbia River.  Clark County was awarded a National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation technical assistance grant to help convene and coordinate partners and collectively plan the proposed trail.  Through a national cooperative agreement with NPS, ORASLA is helping to host a design charrette on Saturday November 18th.  The design workshop will be an intensive all-day event that will pair landscape architects with stakeholders and community members to collaboratively plan the trail’s proposed location and provide guidance for sites best suited for trailheads, connections to other trails, and pocket parks along the greenway.

 

The charrette will take place in Vancouver, WA on Saturday November 18th.  A call for interested ASLA landscape architects from both the Oregon and Washington chapters will be coming in the August newsletter.

 

For more information contact Robin Wilcox robin.wilcox@place.la


Executive Committee – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2017 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 28th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 28th. The results will be officially announced in August.

New Executive Committee members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office at the end of October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Los Angeles.

Please take a moment to vote in our upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input of the future of our chapter and select our next group of leaders to inspire our members and bring our group of professionals together.

Candidate for President Elect
Mary Stewart

Mary is a landscape architect and urban designer who focuses her placemaking skills within the right-of-way. She has fifteen years experience creating equitable and gracious connections that enhance livability for people of all ages and abilities. Mary designs active transportation projects that combine design creativity and deep knowledge of sustainable practices to achieve holistic solutions. She is an experienced project manager, skilled at managing interdisciplinary teams to produce innovative work.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as president-elect. I think there is a need to strengthen the field of Landscape Architecture in Oregon and Nationally and I want to learn more about how I can best support all of you.”

Candidate for Trustee
Jean Senechal Biggs

Landscape architecture is a dynamic field that benefits from engaged, informed and connected professionals. ASLA is the organization that brings us all together and I am honored to be a candidate for Trustee of the Oregon Chapter. The ASLA Board of Trustees, with representatives from each of the 49 professional chapters, establishes policies, strategic objectives and priorities for the Society. Through our Trustee, ASLA Oregon builds upon the national network of ASLA to advocate for and advance the profession.

Threats to licensure, the looming crisis of climate change, disruptive changes to cities from autonomous vehicles, and the need to diversify the profession are challenges that call for attention. As Trustee, I will participate in conversations at a national level about these challenges, while supporting efforts at a chapter level to engage our members to address them. I will continue to reflect on how we can increase the visibility of landscape architecture in the community, how we can grow as an organization, and how we can bring our members together. I look forward to exchanging ideas, taking action, and making everyone’s experience with ASLA meaningful.

About Jean
Jean is a Senior Project Manager at DKS Associates, a transportation planning and engineering firm in Portland. She has made transportation the focus of her career and frequently finds herself bridging the gap between planning and engineering. Before joining DKS in 2017, Jean spent 20 years at the Portland Bureau of Transportation planning, designing and building innovative transit and transportation projects. She is passionate about building livable communities and the transformative power of walking, biking and transit. A Boston native, Jean earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and is a huge fan of Shadow Mentor Day.

Candidate for VP of Member Services
Shannon Simms

Shannon Simms is a landscape architect at Mayer/Reed, where she focuses on park and transportation projects. Shannon’s work is inspired by travels in both wilderness and urban areas. As an avid cyclist and hiker, she tends to think about landscape architecture in terms of movement. Shannon completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010. She has been living and adventuring in Portland since 2013.

“I look forward to this opportunity to support our ASLA chapter as VP of Member Services and collaborate with my peers on the Executive Committee.”

Candidate for Communications Chair
Andrew Jepson-Sullivan

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan is a landscape designer who has lived in Oregon for most of his life. He currently works in Portland at Mackenzie where his projects range from industrial and campus design, to parks and multi-use projects. Andrew has particular interests in landscape representation and digital graphics.

In 2016, Andrew received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. During graduate school, he found a passion for design competitions and was the recipient of several awards including a Merit Award from the Oregon ASLA Chapter and an Honorable Mention in the ULI Hines Urban Design Competition, among others. He also holds Bachelors degrees in urban planning and anthropology.

Andrew is looking forward to the opportunity to become more involved with Oregon ASLA as the Communications Chair. He hopes to be an asset to the Executive Board and members through his past experience both building and managing websites.

Candidate for Emerging Professionals Chair
Patty Hines

Patty earned her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has worked professionally for a multi-disciplinary design firm in Seattle as a landscape designer, and for a city in long-range master planning. She owns Outside Design and focuses on residential landscape design projects in the Portland area. Nominated to the ASLA Executive Committee in November of 2015, she serves as the Emerging Professionals Chair where she started sketchPDX as a way to foster the practice of hand drawing as a critical skill in the ability to design, communicate and investigate ideas.

A self-described ‘design junkie’, Patty keeps up to date with the latest design trends in architecture, product design, graphics, interior design and landscape architecture. “As new landscape architects begin their careers, meeting people, making connections and getting involved with landscape architecture and related communities is vital. As the Emerging Professionals Chair, I will continue to focus on fostering a sense of community so that we can connect socially and professionally as we learn from each other and keep current with the latest ideas in this dynamic field. Together we can help each other build strong and lasting connections an have a little fun in the process.”

Candidate for Student Liason
Elizabeth Auvil

Elizabeth is a landscape designer at Alta Planning + Design, a Portland-based firm with expertise in active transportation planning, design, and implementation. A native of East Portland, Elizabeth developed a passion for understanding the urban fabric and landscape of her hometown. She went to study architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. While in Eugene, she spent time volunteering at community gardens and became invested in understanding and resolving the issue of access to healthful food. Elizabeth has volunteered at Zenger Farms in outer Southeast Portland and her hope to eliminate food deserts in East Portland continues today.

Elizabeth gained experience working for the state of Oregon with the Parks & Recreation Department developing a master plan for the state parks in the Columbia Gorge.  In this role, Elizabeth’s belief that all human beings deserve access to thriving public spaces solidified. This belief also led her to her current role at Alta Planning + Design. She is a designer and project manager on projects that enhance the public realm. Her design experience includes wayfinding signage systems, trails, complete streets, parks and open spaces, and bike share systems. 

Elizabeth is a proponent for projects actively addressing equity and is the co-founder of the Public Engagement service area at Alta. Elizabeth believes good design should be accessible to all human beings regardless of age, cultural heritage or income level. 

Elizabeth’s intention in running for Student Liason is to improve the connections between professionals and current students of landscape architecture, and to develop new connections in the form of mentorship between professionals and youth in Oregon. If elected as Student Liason, Elizabeth will develop a youth outreach program that will foster awareness of landscape architecture for the future.

Candidates for Section Chairs:
Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard

Before pursuing her graduate education, Kate Tromp van Holst lived at the base of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon, where she was raised. Though her undergraduate studies focused on Art, Sociology, and English, all of her projects and interests came back around to the landscape, from painting and poetry to innovative agricultural practices. Kate recently discovered her professional calling, Landscape Architecture, and earned her Master’s of Landscape Architecture from The University of Oregon in 2016.She is also fairly new to Eugene, and the ASLA, but she’s jumped headfirst into all three, and is ready to serve the community as co-chair of the Willamette Valley Section. Kate is currently working at Schirmer Satre Group as a landscape designer while pursuing her Landscape Architecture license. 

Rebecca Shepard grew up in beautiful British Columbia in a house nestled between the mountains and the ocean.  She and her husband moved to Eugene so she could return to school and be close to family while they raised their daughter. Rebecca attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in landscape architecture. Many of Rebecca’s projects focused on the health of urban watersheds. Rebecca is a landscape designer at Dougherty Landscape Architects (DLA). Previously she worked for the City of Eugene on their Stormwater Green Infrastructure Management (SWiM) Team.

Rebecca is the current chair for the Willamette Valley Section. Since the summer of 2016, she has successfully organized events for PDH credits for landscape architects and created networking opportunities between professionals and students. She is running together with Kate Tromp Van Holst. The two have practice working well together, both from being in the same graduate cohort at the University of Oregon and from studying together for the L.A.R.E. examinations.


Call for Committee Service

ASLA’s national Call for Committee Service closes on June 30, 2017. To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees, please fill out the committee appointment form. Please contact Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, with any questions.
Student and Associate Advisory Committee nominations are also due June 30. The purpose of these committees is to increase the ability of ASLA to gain insight on the priorities of emerging professionals and learn how best to provide membership value to student and associate members. Committee selections are made from candidates who have been nominated by the chapter president of the professional chapter. If you’re interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at president@aslaoregon.org.

Legislative Update

ASLA Oregon has taken an official position against House Bill 3337-A, which establishes a limited landscape construction professional license to any person who pays application and license fees. The bill passed the Oregon House and is currently in the Senate Rules Committee, awaiting a hearing.

Why weigh in? Landscape contractors and landscape architects have some overlapping scopes of services. Both licenses allow planning of irrigation systems and drainage as part of a licensee’s practice. ASLA policies recognize licensure as the only effective regulatory measure to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to maximize practitioners’ ability to compete within regulated markets of the design professions.

So why this bill? Latinos are highly represented in the community as low-paid workers but not as business owners. This bill seeks to build wealth and capacity in the landscape construction community.

What did our members tell us? In May, we reached out to Oregon Chapter members to ask for feedback on an opinion to present to lawmakers. We received 30 responses, and all but two endorsed our position against the bill. Several members also endorsed our statements in support of efforts to make entry to the trade more equitable.

What is our official position? After reviewing our members’ feedback, the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee unanimously voted to provide testimony against HB 3337-A and to engage our members and the landscape architecture community in advocacy efforts to defeat this bill. The Executive Committee also decided that our testimony against HB 3337-A will include statements in support of policy that would allow more equitable access to the landscape contracting profession while maintaining key licensure standards for public health, safety and welfare.

What’s next? With four weeks remaining in the 2017 session, ASLA Oregon is monitoring the bill and is prepared to deliver our letter of testimony if a hearing is scheduled. If you’re interested in testifying at a hearing or submitting a letter of testimony, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at president@aslaoregon.org. Please join us in advocacy efforts to protect licensure!