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PROJECT EVERGREEN ANNOUNCES AWARD PROGRAM

Project EverGreen is planning its second annual “Because Green Matters” award program. The award is presented each year on Earth Day, April 22, to a company, organization or individual that promotes the beneficial effects of green spaces through a major project to create or improve a green space.

In 2005, Project EverGreen recognized the University of Akron for adding 30 acres of open green spaces, featuring many new and abundant landscape enhancements, including the planting of 30,000 new trees that line the defined campus.

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The award is open to anyone. Interested parties may nominate themselves, their company or organization. Applications will be judged and a winner selected by a group of independent, expert judges. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2006. The winner will be notified in March 2006. For more information, contact Den Gardner at 1-877-758-4835 or visit www.projectevergreen.com on the Web.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR GCSAA EDUCATION CONFERENCE AND GIS

Registration for the 2006 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Conference and Golf Industry Show, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this February, opened Nov. 1. The GCSAA Education Conference is Feb. 6-11, while the Golf Industry Show is Feb. 9-11.

Prospective GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show attendees may register online at www.golfindustryshow.com or through faxback services at (888) 838-4419. A registration brochure will be distributed by the middle of November. Advance registration is open until Jan. 17. Registration is complimentary for the media.

The 2006 Golf Industry Show was scheduled for New Orleans; however Hurricane Katrina forced a change of venue. For a brief period, show officials were in discussions with Houston representatives for that city to host the event, however as talks progressed that option was dismissed.

HRI AND ANLA CONVENE WORKING GROUP ON ‘PHYTOPHTHORA RAMORUM’

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has convened a national working group to explore the role of nursery management practices in the battle to limit the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, the fungus-like pathogen associated with oak mortality and plant disease in parts of the coastal West. The working group is comprised of diverse representatives from the nursery industry from across the country, with key technical and research experts from USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), and the National Plant Board also invited to participate.

The working group met on October 25 and 26 to review the current regulatory status of P. ramorum and the status of ongoing research initiatives, in preparation for a discussion on the role of “recommended management practices” (RMP's) in disease prevention, rapid detection, containment, and elimination in nurseries.

EXPO 2005 VISITOR REGISTRATION INCREASES

The International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo, sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, hosted a growing audience in the newly expanded South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on Oct. 1416.

Compared with registrations for EXPO 2004, the total number of buying registrants was up 7 percent, with a 5-percent increase in dealers/retailers and a 14-percent increase in lawn and landscape professionals. With 706 people registered from other countries, international registrations were up 61 percent. A new category for parks and recreation professionals had 435 registrants. Registrations for all buyer categories totaled 17,487. Exhibitors added another 5,529 people.

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