<<Another correspondent on the California Coast is working on a project. He
worked as a consultant to golf course builders/owners. Synthetic substances
used on golf courses are a concern to communities and regional
officers. My friend tries to educate the course developers about
that are more ecologically sound. Measurement of performance is an
aspect of this work.
<<I thought I may have come across news of an IPM certification system here
SANET that had performance criteria that might be used to demonstrate
compliance to standards that could be used by the course developers.
<<Please let me know if you aware of such an IPM program for non-food
systems in particular.>>
Regarding more ecological golf course management, I have these leads for
(1) *IPM Handbook for Golf Courses, 1998.* G. Schumann, P.
Vittum, M. Elliott and P. Cobb. Describes general
principles of integrated pest management (IPM), and
explains how IPM can be used in golf courses. Discusses
scouting and monitoring, cultural control, biological
control and chemical control for range of pests.
Considers pesticides to be important in IPM when other
tactics are insufficient, and summarizes environmental
and other factors to take into account when applying
pesticides. Describes specific control strategies for
weeds, diseases, insects and nematodes. 264 pp.
US$54.95. Sleeping Bear/Ann Arbor Press, 121 South Main
Street, Chelsea, MI 48118; phone toll free (800) 487-
2323 or (734) 475-8787; email
(Information from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) 7/1/98.)
(2) In February of this year, I met some folks from CourseCo who run golf
courses that are managed ecologically, including less-toxically. I have the
email address of one of them (James Mocci, email@example.com, enviro
coordinator). If that doesn't work, let me know and I'll try and dig out
the phone #.
(3) Smithsonian magazine had an article "Golf gets back to nature, inviting
everyone to play" April 1997, p.56, that might have some interesting ideas
(4) You or your friend might get interesting information through either of
these two groups:
* Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) <www.panna.org/panna/>
Great website, full of information. (415) 981-1771. firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Excellent information on a wide range of pesticide topics. (503) 344-5044.
Hope you find these leads of service to you and your "associate" -
Best regards -
Community Action Publications
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