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Protecting Your Industry & Advocating for Your Businesses 

WSNLA Is Your Regulatory & Legislative Advocate!

WSNLA’s business membership includes a diverse community of large and small growers, garden centers, landscape professionals and suppliers. It is the intent of the Board of Directors to ensure legislative activities focus in on overarching WSNLA member needs, while effectively balancing the diversity in business scale and location.

To best accomplish this, the WSNLA Board of Directors drafted the following legislative priorities to guide and strengthen WSNLA legislative and regulatory activities throughout the State.  The draft document was sent to all WSNLA members via email for input and discussion at the state level. In June 2018 the WSNLA Board of Directors confirmed the following legislative priorities, which will be reviewed regularly, with a unanimous vote. Members are encouraged to continue to communicate specific legislative and regulatory concerns.

WSNLA Legislative Priorities

Washington Nursery and Landscape Association supports stewardship of the land and the plants and trees that grow upon it.  Our goals include:
  • Promoting a positive business climate for growing and marketing plants and landscape services.
  •  Protecting our industry from burdensome regulation, taxes and fees.
  •  Working in a bipartisan manner and focusing on results.
  • Ensuring policies are reasonable and based on sound science.  WSNLA will coordinate with other affiliated professional organizations to support our members on agricultural and environmental issues such as:

    • Water availability, management & quality
    • Urban planning and the inclusion of green spaces
    • Pesticide regulation
    • Open space taxation

On general business issues, WSNLA will focus in impact to members. Such issues include but are not limited to:

  • Labor: availability, training, minimum wage, workers comp, health care, benefits
  • Simplifying business regulation including streamlining local jurisdiction business licensing
  • Taxes

WSNLA's Proven Track Record in Olympia

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 nursery and landscape research, paid through your nursery license, was championed solely by WSNLA and is now producing in excess of $100,000 yearly to benefit and protect your industry.

For over 75 years, WSNLA has been protecting and advocating the nursery and landscape industry in Olympia and DC. WSNLA members unite their voices as an industry to ensure unnecessary regulations, fair business conditions, and industry professionalism is understood. 

WSNLA Lobbyist, Heather Hansen, is one of the most respected and effective lobbyists in Olympia. As our watchdog in Olympia, Hansen has been successful in communicating and advocating on behalf of the nursery and landscape industry here in Washington State.

 Because of our advocacy efforts, here are a few recent issues that WSNLA has advocated:

  • Drought Declarations

    WSNLA partners with the Governor's office and other state and local agencies to develop and disseminate messaging that positions WSNLA member nursery and landscape businesses, equipped with knowledge and expertise, to assist homeowners in protecting their plants, trees and landscapes during times of drought. 

    The key message is that successfully growing plants and trees during periods of water restrictions is achievable. Don’t stop planting, just plant and water smarter – and, be sure to consult a professional to help with water saving solutions.

    Inclusion of such messaging in official drought declarations positions your business positively, and ensures devastating impacts on sales are curbed. CLICK HERE to read more.

  • Native Seed Bill


  • Open Space Taxation

  • Landscape Architect Bill

    WSNLA successfully protected landscape designers scope of work.

WSNLA’s annual Legislative Day works to inform legislators about our industry, communicate key issues, & provides tools and talking points for members to communicate with their local representatives. Each year, Green Industry Ambassadors visit the Capitol Campus and deliver data about our industry to every legislator.

WSNLA is a AmericanHort Legislative Lighthouse Program partner, which ensures our members regulatory
& legislative concerns are heard at the national level.

WSNLA’s advocacy efforts have achieved many notable successes through 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.

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