Backstory: National Association of Landscape Professionals

March 12, 2015 -  By

National Association of Landscape Professionals

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History

 

Associated Landscape Contractors of America

1961

Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) incorporated
City, Calif.

1969

ALCA’s Environmental Improvement Awards launched
(Now called the National Landscape Awards of Excellence)

1977

Student Career Days founded as ALCA Field Days

1990

Green Industry Conference premieres in Nashville

1993

Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) designation created
(Precursor to today’s Landscape Industry Certified program. Over the years, more than 14,000 professionals have been certified.)

 

Professional Lawn Care Association of America

1979

Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) founded
Marietta, Ga.

1990

First Legislative Day takes place in March

1994

First Certified Turfgrass Professional exam

1996

Inaugural Renewal & Remembrance event
This event draws hundreds of professionals from across the country to Arlington National Cemetery to spend the day mulching, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating more than 200 acres.

 

Professional Landcare Network

2005

Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) formed by ALCA/PLCAA merger

2015

PLANET rebrands as National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), effective in April
The association worked with New York-based b2b marketing firm DeSantis Breindel on the initiative.

Long-time staffers

Cheryl Claborn, membership manager, PLCAA 1984
Tom Delaney, director of government relations, PLCAA 1989
Karen Barnett, director of membership, PLCAA 1991
Betsy Demoret, manager of education and events, PLCAA 1992
Joan Haller, director of education and events, ALCA 1997

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