Shayne Newman, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals and president of YardApes in New Milford, recently participated in the landscape industry’s annual meetings with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Landscape and lawn care professionals from around the nation converged on Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and representatives and discussed a wide array of issues that impact their businesses and address the value healthy lawns and landscapes offer families, their communities, and the environment on July 12.

“This event brings landscape professionals together with their elected officials to discuss issues that impact their ability to create the healthy landscapes, parks, and ball fields that our communities rely on,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, NALP CEO.

“Most Americans appreciate the beauty of outdoor spaces but don’t recognize the incredible benefits that are derived from lawns, plants and trees,” Hickman said.

“Managed landscapes protect us from outdoor pests that transmit diseases like Zika and the West Nile virus; they provide oxygen and protect waterways and they offer demonstrated mental health benefits,” Hickman said.

Newman said he is “very proud that I chose a career in the landscaping industry.”

“I feel that by making the trip to Washington, D.C., I am doing my part to support an industry that has been very good to me,” Newman said.

“It’s important to me that our elected officials understand that landscape professionals are stewards of the environment and are very much appreciated by the clients and the communities in which we live, work and play,” he said.

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