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News and Notices

Lisa Berntsen (1965-2014) »

Submitted November 5th, 2014

It is with great sadness that the Planning Association of Washington announces the passing of PAW Board member and dear friend Lisa Berntsen.  Lisa served PAW well over the past five years, leading the organization’s outreach efforts, assisting with conference preparations, and administering this website.  With her guidance, PAW increased its membership and expanded its visibility statewide.  She will be sorely missed.

A remembrance of Lisa can be found at the GeoEngineers website, and blog postings from her recent trip to Nepal can be viewed at the naturemaven website.

What’s New with the Short Course on Local Planning? »

Submitted October 22nd, 2014

The Short Course on Local Planning was created by the Planning Association of Washington back in the 1970s.  The course has been conducted since then across the state to educate hundreds of planning commissioners, elected officials, professional planners, and other citizens in the basic principles of community planning.   What’s new with this tried and true educational program?  Find out by reading this Short Course Newsletter for November 2014.

Urban and Community Forestry Grants »

Submitted October 20th, 2014

The 2015 Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry grant application period is now open, and application forms are available on the DNR website.  Three grant programs are offered again this year: Community Forestry Assistance Grants, Inventory Grants, and Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants.

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