Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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sports turf, golf — the law is often expanded to other issues and geo- graphical areas in subsequent years. is is where a united industry front becomes critical, because legisla- tion that comes uninformed and with destructive intent stands a greater chance of gaining a foothold and becoming commonplace if we remain an isolated and separated body. Now is the time for us to become unified and vigilant. Be part of the solution Each one of us must make the effort to reach out locally, regionally and statewide. Here are some next steps. Locally Find out who manages the sports fields in your area. Communicate with them and form a bond by helping each other. is also goes for lawn care providers, sod farmers and others who work with turfgrass in your community, as we are all potential partners. Consider becoming involved in local outreach efforts such as the First Green program, which effectively shows our commitment to area youth since it extends past golf into sports turf and lawn care. Engaging young people about the turfgrass industry can help educate away fears or mis- conceptions they and/or their families might have. Proactively share with golfers, patrons, homeowners, legislators, edu- cators and the general public the environmental benefits of golf course green space. Utilize programs such as Operation Pollinator and Mon- archs in the Rough to help you get started in providing habitat to ben- efit even the smallest of creatures. Simply reducing or eliminating inputs between fairways and in out-of-play areas provides habitat for a whole range of ecology. Sports field managers and lawn care providers can recommend pol- linator-friendly flowers and reduced-input options. Planters outside the stadium and single landscape beds at a home are small actions, but they often lead to educational opportunities and conversation starters. Often, it seems people see our industries as a "silent spring," adversely affecting the environment by constantly applying dangerous chemicals. e responsibility now falls on us to showcase our benefits and diversity of wildlife and to educate those concerned. Regionally At the formation meeting of the Mid-Atlantic STMA, I noticed the one common thread among all turfgrass groups: sales representatives/ distributors. To me, therefore, it seems obvious that regional sales reps and distributors serve as the primary conduit through which industry information is initiated and exchanged throughout all sectors. University and private researchers are additional common threads that can help the profession coalesce. Chapter leaders should actively encourage joint functions among all the branches, whether the events are social or educational. Communica- tion between different sectors and the leaders within them is crucial in the process. And if open lines of communication currently do not exist between the industry professionals in one's area, an emphasis must be placed on improving and streamlining the exchange of information and mutual support. Statewide When legislation impacting our industry is misinformed or unnec- essarily restricting, it is important that we take the time to educate our legislators regarding our products and their usage. An established method of any proactive body is the development

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