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

Enviro-Mich message from Kirk Riley <rileyki@egr.msu.edu>

This is a message from Julie Johanningsmeier, formerly of MSU Extension, now a
private golf course consultant--and an environmentalist.  She can be reached by
e-mail at dougj@ismi.net.

Hi Kirk,

There is a lot of work going on about ecological golf course development and
maintenance.  Some of the ideas mentioned in this person's message may not have
been applied (and may not work, e.g., small greens - which concentrate the wear
and stress in less area and make the requirements for inputs actually increase
to keep it alive and playable), but she will be amazed at the efforts in this
area.  The best place to start as far as reference material, networking and
expansive experience is the GCSAA - Golf Course Superintendents Association of
America.  I am a member and so are many Golf Course Architects (who have their
own professional organization also), some of whom are leaders in ecological
projects and have been honored with many awards for their efforts and success
in reclaiming sites and/or establishing new g.c. in sensitive areas.

GCSAA:  1-800-472-7878; web site: www.gcsaa.org Also,  local resources is Greg
Lyman, Environmental Education Specialist MSU Dept. CSS, 517-353-0860. 
And, The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation 517-321-1660. 
And, Golf Association of Michigan - Brett Marshall exec. director: 248-553-4200

That is a start.  Certainly the work I am doing for my golf course clients is
working towards sustainability through judicious use of inputs and Integrated
Pest Management.  

Take Care-

-----Original Message-----
From: Kirk Riley <rileyki@egr.msu.edu>
To: Doug and Julie Johanningsmeier <dougj@ismi.net>
Date: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 12:22 PM
Subject: Fwd: E-M:/ Re: Ecological Golf Courses?

>Julie, This is from Enviro-Mich.  Can you provide information?  If you do,
send it to me as I'd like to send it on to the list.  
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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"
>>courses? are there any organizations working on this, or articles written?
>> deanne bednar
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