Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process that uses all necessary techniques to suppress pests effectively, economically and in an environmentally sound manner. IPM employs a two-pronged approach: managing the plant environment to prevent problems and using thresholds to decide how and when to treat pests.
We are committed to managing vegetation and pests using IPM principles and practices that:
Minimize risk to human health and the environment
Utilize site-specific information to determine appropriate pest management measures
Emphasize pest prevention through planning and managing ecosystems to prevent organisms from becoming pests
Maximize the use of natural controls and minimize the reliance on chemical controls
Through this policy we will strive to:
Reduce the use of pesticides through the implementation of IPM principles and practices
Provide a healthy, high-quality and sustainable playing conditions
Prevent the contamination of soil, air, and water and protect people, animals and beneficial plants and insects from toxic exposures
Provide a model of responsible golf course management
This Policy will apply to anyone who works for or on behalf of PUSLINCH LAKE GOLF COURSE.
FAQ DOCUMENT FOR GOLF
Pesticides and the Canadian Golf Industry
With the recent focus from the CBC documentary "Dad and the Dandelions", it is a good opportunity for the golf industry to remind the public of how effective our environmental stewardship actually is.
The following key messages, distributed by all National Allied Golf Association partners, will support your dialogue with golfers, media, government, environmentalist and any other stakeholders. The intent is to align all of our messaging for consistent representation of the facts. The topic of pesticides can be a sensitive one, and often based more on opinion and emotion than scientific facts. These key messages help clarify those facts.
Sources for this key message document included:
Guelph Turfgrass Institute
University of Guelph
IPM Council of Canada
Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study
PGA of Canada
The document is presented as an FAQ format. Some of these questions are directly relevant to clarifications needed due to the CBC documentary, and some are more broadly based information you may get asked about from time to time.
Please note that there are some provincial variances in terms of pesticide application regulations, despite PMRA's federal regulation of the safety of the products themselves. This document is positioned as a national set of key messages. Further customizing your comments for more indepth statements about provincial implications, such as the stringency of Ontario's IPM Accreditation Program for example, can be added as required.
It is important that the golf industry remain respectful and professional when addressing any concerns raised over pesticide issues. Being aggressive or too defensive generally doesn't accomplish the intended goal of separating the myths from the true facts of the issue. So we recommend that you don't attack the sources of any misinformation or alternative opinions.
Instead, direct their concerns back to the facts, which usually means leading them to Health Canada and their PMRA. If anyone believes they know better than the PHDs who evaluate and approve all pest control products, we welcome them sending their suggestions to Health Canada for consideration.
The Canadian golf industry will continue its leadership as environmental stewards of the 175,000 hectares of greenspace that we contribute to communities throughout the country, and the great game of golf that is enjoyed by more Canadians than any other participation sport in the land. These key messages will help the public to understand the facts supporting that position.
Canadian golf courses adhere to the highest standards of safety, as regulated by the approval process for all pest control products by Health Canada's PMRA and various Ministries of the Environment.
These standards exceed the safety threshold for our own employees who have much more exposure than the public ever would. The data confirms that golfers themselves have no significant risk.
Golf is the #1 participation sport in Canada, responsible for more economic impact, employment, charitable fundraising, taxation, and greenspace than all other participation sports. It is important that our environmental stewardship and safety protocols be properly understood so that we may continue to provide Canada's favorite participation sport as effectively as possible.
For more information:
Jeff Calderwood, CEO
National Golf Course Owners Association Canada
T.F.: (866) 626-4262
Click here to download the FAQ.