Good idea: CLPs

first_imgBy Tony JohnsonUniversity of GeorgiaThe accountants, physicians, architects and engineers we rely onwhen we want the best are all certified. It only makes sense toturn to a certified landscape professional to plant or maintainyour landscape.Your landscape, after all, is a big investment. And it raises thevalue of your property. Fortunately, Georgia now has a number ofcertified landscape professionals through the Georgia CertifiedLandscape Professional program.The GCLP is endorsed and sponsored by the Georgia Green IndustryAssociation, Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association andGeorgia Turfgrass Association. It’s run by the University ofGeorgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Ga.Twice a year, landscapers enrolled in the GCLP come to Griffin tothe UGA Research and Education Garden, where they’re tested ontheir skills in landscape practices and plant selection.Making the gradeIf they pass these tests, they become certified landscapetechnicians. To become certified landscape professionals, theymust pass written exams, too, on landscape management,installation and pest diagnosis.But the learning doesn’t stop there. Each CLP is required tobecome recertified every three years, mainly through trade shows,workshops, seminars and other educational programs.Earning these credentials identifies them as the best in theirprofession. A homeowner who hires a CLP is choosing someone whohas a working knowledge and mastery of all aspects of landscapemanagement.All CLPs are tested on using landscape design plans, selectingplants for landscape conditions, identifying plants and properlyplanting and caring for landscape plants. They must be competentin identifying and diagnosing pests, applying pesticides, usingequipment and evaluating installation and maintenance jobs.Testing covers the best management practices, too, for reducingnonpoint-source pollutants from home landscapes and for waterconservation in landscape systems.Find a CLPThere are now 125 CLPs in Georgia. They’re scattered fromBlairsville to Augusta to Tybee Island to Tifton. Most are in ornear Metro Atlanta. Another 300 landscape professionals, however,are registered for the program and are now testing to becomecertified.If you want a CLP for your landscape needs, check the listing onthe “Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program” Web siteat same site provides contact information for landscapers whowant to become certified and join the ranks of the best of theirprofession.(Tony Johnson is the Research and Education Gardenhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastle

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sydney Morning Herald:The $5 billion-plus Terminal 4 coal export expansion planned for Newcastle has been scrapped after demand for the fossil fuel failed to increase as expected.Port Waratah Coal Services said on Thursday that it would allow a lease for the terminal – known as T4 – to lapse, signalling that the project would not go ahead.Port Waratah’s two terminals, Carrington and Kooragang, last year exported 105 million tonnes of coal out of a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes, the company said in a statement.Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, operator of the city’s third terminal, shipped about 60 million tonnes, helping make Newcastle one of the largest coal export centres in the world.“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” Hennie du Plooy, chief executive of Port Waratah, said.The company is understood to have sunk many millions of dollars into T4, a project that secured its original lease in 2009. The first stage envisaged a 25 million tonne per year terminal, with plans to expand that in the future to 70 million tonnes.Jeremy Buckingham, Greens energy spokesman, said T4 becoming terminal was “wonderful news.”“Reality is catching up with the great lie that we can continue to export coal in an age of climate change,” Mr Buckingham said.The Greens called on the government “to develop a transition strategy away from coal” and the party would be making this a key election issue, he said.John Mackenzie, a Newcastle City Councillor, also welcomed the T4 decision.“From the outset the economics was against this, the science was against this and the community was against it but because of our broken planning system it was approved anyway,” Mr Mackenzie said.“Communities are sick of being placed in limbo by a planning system which has no red lights and a Government who won’t show leadership by refusing new fossil fuel projects at the outset.”More: Newcastle’s T4 coal port expansion scrapped as demand fails to rise Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastlelast_img read more

Dead woman found partly buried in sugarcane field

first_imgBACOLOD City –Authorities are now looking into a person of interest who might be involved inthe murder of a 60-year-old woman who was found partly buried in a sugarcanefield  in Barangay Tabu, Ilog, NegrosOccidental. She wasidentified as Melba Paglumotan, a resident of the village, police said. Police investigatorssaid the victim bore two stab wounds on the right arm and suffered a brokenneck. Paglumotan’sbody was brought to a local mortuary for a “post-mortem” examination.center_img Paglumotan’sbody, covered with soil and sugarcane leaves, was discovered around at 4 p.m.on Jan. 3, a police report showed. Officers of theIlog police station were still investigating the incident./PNlast_img read more