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Re: E-M:/ Re: Ecological Golf Courses?



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Enviro-Mich message from Michelle Gesmundo <gesmundm@msue.msu.edu>
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Environmentally sound golf courses?  In a move towards this goal,  the
Michigan Department of Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship Division,
is getting their new Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewarship Program
for golf courses in motion.  The purpose of the program is to "assist
golf property managers in describing and evaluating potential sources of
contamination from their operation through a series of self-assessment
exercises.  Through these exercises, property owners and managers will
be able to gauge their level of pollution protection and clearly
indicate their level of compliance with the  most common laws and
regulations that affect turf operations.  This program is designed as a
self-assessment tool and is intended to be a confidential, internal
document used to illlustrate areas of excellent environmental
performance and areas where additional pollution protection measures are
necessary.  This is a dynmanic program that will be continually updated
as additional information is needed or as laws change.  New modules are
currently being developed to address the enhancement of wildlife habitat
and the protection of indigenous vegetation and water quality on golf
course properties.

This module will examine the natural resources on your property and
identify aspects of the turf managemnet operation that may have the
potential to impact these resources.  An evaluation of the current level
of protection for groundwater, surface water and soil will be made by
examining the location and condition for a number of items on your
property including pesticide fertilizer and fuel strorage areas, mixing
and loading areas, equipment washing areas, the septic system, well and
compost areas."

The mission of this program is:
    -to advance the environmental stewardship of Michigan's golf
industry;
    -to protect water resources, enhance wildlife habitat and promote
native vegetation on golf course properties;
    -to foster communication between Michigan's golf industry, state
agencies, environmental advocacy groups and MSU;
    -to recognize and award environmental stewardship achievements.

For more information on the program, contact:
    Debra Spakoff Swartz, Environmental Stewardship Specialist
    Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
    282 Plant and Soil Science Bldg.
    MSU
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
    517-353-3208
    fax:  517-353-5174
    E-mail:  Swartzd@pilot.msu.edu

Hope this is helpful,

Michelle Gesmundo
AmeriCorps Environmental Educator
Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program

ECOARTDB@aol.com wrote:

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> Dear Enviromich Network,
>
> I would like to find more information about the concept of "Green"
> golf
> courses ...that  are less polluting and energy intensive.  I can
> imagine
> smaller greens, grass that needs less mowing and perhaps no
> fertilizer,
> native plantings with gardens open to the public. Perhaps some of the
> wild
> parts of the course could be developed as Forest Gardening (a
> Permaculture
> concept), Empty Bowl Gardens, etc. I can see the course being put in
> at
> Oakland University becoming such a "model".  Although there are
> certainly
> many serious concerns with the building of golf courses, these
> strategies
> would diminish the impact, and possibly lead the way toward a
> different
> landscaping value system.
>
> Does anyone know how to connect with information about "More
> Ecological" golf
> courses? Are there any organizations working on this, or articles
> written?
>
>
> Thanks,
>  Deanne Bednar
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