ACSP Certification

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Outlines the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay's journey in becoming a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

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ACSP Certification

  1. 1. Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses Lora Bay’s Journey to Certification and Environmental Stewardship Chris Lecour Golf Course Superintendent Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay
  2. 2. Audubon International <ul><li>Founded in 1987 </li></ul><ul><li>AI has helped thousands of organizations promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhoods, golf courses, schools, hotels, community associations, towns. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Audubon International <ul><li>Instrumental in promoting the positive environmental benefits of golf courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides framework for developing advanced environmental management programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Can get members, homeowners, students involved as well </li></ul>
  4. 4. Steps to Certification <ul><li>1. Environmental Planning </li></ul><ul><li>2. Wildlife & Habitat Management </li></ul><ul><li>3. Chemical Use Reduction & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>4. Water Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>5. Water Quality Management </li></ul><ul><li>6. Outreach and Education </li></ul><ul><li>**Environmental Case Study </li></ul>
  5. 5. Environmental Planning “ To evaluate, plan and document environmental management practices that balance the demands of golf with our responsibility to the natural environment. To safeguard the quality of the environment and responsibly care for the land, water, wildlife and natural resources upon which the course is sustained.”
  6. 6. Environmental Planning <ul><li>Site Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History of the property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory of Natural Plant Communities, wildlife, local resources (people and organizations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Size and composition of turf and natural areas. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Environmental Planning <ul><li>AI provides benchmarks for all six categories that comprise the ACSP for Golf. </li></ul><ul><li>Each course must evaluate themselves in 126 sections. </li></ul><ul><li>Partial or ‘No’ answers must be corrected before certification is granted for a category. </li></ul><ul><li>Courses may work at their own pace to achieve certification. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wildlife and Habitat Management “ To enhance natural areas and landscaping on the golf course to protect and sustain native habitats and the wildlife that depend on them for survival.”
  9. 10. Wildlife and Habitat Management <ul><li>Maintain or improve wildlife opportunities for space, food, cover and water. </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat protection and biodiversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain diverse layers of vegetation. </li></ul><ul><li>Remove invasive exotic plants as needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain native plants. </li></ul>
  10. 16. Chemical Use Reduction and Safety “ To ensure safe storage, application, and handling of chemicals and reduce actual and potential environmental contamination associated with chemical use.”
  11. 17. Chemical Use Reduction and Safety <ul><li>Many requirements were already “business as usual” including IPM, training, storage and communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance Facility designed for the safe and proper storage of restricted products. </li></ul>
  12. 18. Chemical Use Reduction and Safety <ul><li>Fairways seeded with Dwarf Kentucky Bluegrass- requires almost zero chemical input for disease control. </li></ul><ul><li>No spray zones have been established around ponds and streams. </li></ul><ul><li>Any pesticide applications are made by employees licensed by the provincial government. </li></ul>
  13. 19. Water Conservation <ul><li>“ To ensure adequate water supplies not only for irrigation, but also for the healthy ecological functioning of water bodies, such as rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes and ponds.” </li></ul>
  14. 20. Water Conservation <ul><li>Over 1100 sprinkler heads on the golf course, capable of delivering up to 1300GPM. </li></ul><ul><li>Water conservation possible by having a well designed system: proper pipe sizing, head spacing, nozzle sizing and distribution. </li></ul><ul><li>Once installed, maintenance of the system is crucial. </li></ul>
  15. 21. Water Conservation <ul><li>All sprinklers checked on a regular basis for distribution, leaks, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Use ET (evapotranspiration) rates to determine daily irrigation decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and record daily, monthly and yearly water usage for trends and reporting to the MOE if required. </li></ul>
  16. 22. Water Quality Management <ul><li>“To ensure clean water supplies and protect the health and integrity of water bodies, such as oceans, rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, ponds and aquifers.” </li></ul>
  17. 23. Water Quality Management <ul><li>Water test 4X/year for 1 st year, then once annually. </li></ul><ul><li>Test all ponds (3) and where water enters and exits the property. </li></ul><ul><li>Take every precaution to prevent pesticides, fertilizers and fuel from contaminating water bodies. </li></ul>
  18. 24. Water Quality Management <ul><li>No-spray zones around water bodies to prevent possible contamination. </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment cleaned in a manner that eliminates the potential for on-site or off-site contamination of water bodies. </li></ul>
  19. 25. 2007
  20. 26. 2008
  21. 29. Outreach and Education <ul><li>To ensure ongoing support for stewardship initiatives, strengthen local community connections, and extend participation in environmental conservation activities.” </li></ul>
  22. 30. Outreach and Education <ul><li>Resource Advisory Group </li></ul><ul><li>Involve students from local schools in our nest box program. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor the Beaver Valley Community School in ACSP’s Adopt-a-School program. </li></ul>
  23. 31. Environmental Case Study <ul><li>Butterfly/Hummingbird garden behind #18 tee. </li></ul><ul><li>Previously a very wet area that needed proper drainage installed. </li></ul><ul><li>After drainage was installed the area was hydroseeded with a mix of wildflowers designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. </li></ul>
  24. 34. Green Neighborhood <ul><li>“…engages community groups in projects that protect and enhance the land, water, wildlife and natural resources around them…benefits of the program are numerous, including the creation of a sense of community within your group; enhancement of natural areas for neighborhood residents and wildlife; and the conservation and protection of valuable local resources.” </li></ul>
  25. 35. Green Neighborhood <ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Community Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Homeowner Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Informal Neighborhood Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Planned Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Residential Communities </li></ul><ul><li>For more information contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(518) 767-9051 ext. 114 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>auduboninternational.org </li></ul></ul>
  26. 37. Thank you very much! <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (519) 599-3006 </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance Department updates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>chrislecour.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul>

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