it is a program designed to put money in your pocket or connecting you
with a necessary industry contact, the mission of the WSNLA staff and
volunteer leadership's is to serve you!
WSNLA Puts $$ In Members Pockets
Utility Tree Certificates. Last
year, WSNLA paid out a total of $52,500 to participating nurseries –
which works out to be an average of $1875 through the Utility Tree
program. WSNLA partners with public utilities on their tree and shrub
removal programs throughout Western Washington.
Green Passport. Last year, the Green Passport, a special coupon section in the Locator Guide, generated over $80,000 in total sales for participating businesses – which is an average of $3600. Plus, the 2013 Guide will offer enhanced features online at GardenWashington.com.
WSNLA Serves The Industry
Linkage with a Professional Organization. Linking your business with a professional organization is yet another way to promote your professionalism. WSNLA connects members at events, in print and online via the online member search tool.
Professional Networking. Connecting with your colleagues is one of the highest valued benefits of membership. Members continually note the information sharing between peers is invaluable. The WSNLA Community provides a platform for you to do just that!
Preferred Partner Program. WSNLA members can save money on a range of business services, including: legal; health and business insurance, office supplies, printing costs, financial recovery and more. For a complete list click here.
Committee Involvement & Leadership. WSNLA encourages all members to participate at a level they feel comfortable. There are several community and leadership opportunities available. For a complete list, click here.
WSNLA Is Your Regulatory & Legislative Advocate.
With a 75 year history, WSNLA has a proven track record of representing its membership and industry in Olympia and DC. WSNLA advocates on behalf of the entire industry for professionalism, unnecessary regulations and fair business conditions.
For 2013, WSNLA and 36 other Washington agricultural organizations (such as Washington Farm Bureau, Potato Commission and Wine Grape Growers) collectively support the following goals that will enable agriculture to flourish in Washington State. A formal letter was signed by all participating organizations and sent to each legislators in Olympia.
Key Goals for 2015
- Guarantee the long-term viability of agriculture, specifically the horticulture, by maintaining existing tax policy.
- Review and revise current regulations to allow horticulture businesses to thrive, create jobs, and lead in the economic recovery.
- Ensure that environmental and regulatory policy is necessary, reasonable, and based on sound science
- Support agricultural research, extension, and commodity-specific programs funded through the state universities and Department of Agriculture
WSNLA has an established presence in Olympia and in other places where public policy affecting the industry is formulated. In fact, WSNLA is named in certain state laws as the organization which advises state government on some matters and makes recommendations of people to be named to certain government advisory committees. A special state fund to pay for plant research was championed solely by WSNLA and is now producing in excess of $100,000 yearly to benefit and protect the industry.
WSNLA’s advocacy efforts have achieved many notable successes over the years. Today, we continue to keep the dialog open, bringing members and state legislators face to face to discuss pertinent issues and partnering with like-minded organizations to encourage regulatory and legislative decisions that make good business sense and help our members prosper. We also work hand-in-hand with regulators, especially at the Washington Department of Agriculture, to ensure a smooth and productive working relationship.
WSNLA Lobbyist, Heather Hansen, is one of the most respected and effective lobbyists in Olympia. For over 5 years, Hansen has been successful in communicating and advocating on behalf of the nursery and landscape industry.