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  1. John Nicholson Associates - Ecology & Habitat Management •
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  4. Managing Wildlife Habitat on Golf Courses

Tracy was impressed with your continuing efforts to create naturalized areas on the golf course, which provide valuable water, food and habitat for local and migratory wildlife in the area.

John Nicholson Associates - Ecology & Habitat Management •

In particular, Tracy noted connected patches of native habitat between the holes offer wildlife corridors for movement, and he was impressed by a clear effort by your staff to improve shoreline buffers. Olds Central Highlands staff can take pride in preserving the natural resources in its backyard. We are pleased that you had success with so many projects, including your nest boxes, butterfly garden s , and brush piles that provide enhanced habitat for the many wildlife species on the course.

Your commitment to shoreline un-mowed buffer along shorelines was of particular note to the reviewer and is another excellent method of ensuring proper water quality on the golf course. These buffer areas are a simple, yet very effective method of helping to slow and filter course runoff prior to entering surface water.

Native aquatic vegetation also provides important habitat and food for wildlife. These contribute heavily to enhanced water quality and the beauty of the course. Your chemical and maintenance facilities, water storage and recycling for irrigation, and washing and chemical practices are all excellent and are models for other courses.

Burning issues

Tracy noted that your efforts to use water more efficiently are enhanced by your careful attention to weather patterns, targeted irrigation heads, and routine irrigation system maintenance. Overall, your water conservation practices are a good model for efficient irrigation.

Our industrial-age solution has been to "control" these problems with chemicals. Unfortunately, chemicals create new problems that are even bigger and more complex.

Conserving nature

BioIslands, like age-old hedgerows, help to naturally control these pest and weed problems. These "Islands" of relatively undisturbed landscape are designed to attract beneficial insect and animal species; control pest insects on turf grass and throughout development; reduce overall water consumption and the need for toxic chemicals; increase fertility and healthy biological activity in soils, and add aesthetic value to golf courses.

BioIslands are strategically places, sustainable, organic habitats that provide numerous benefits without interfering with the function of public parks and commons or the playability of golf courses. In developing a BioIsland, wildflowers, shrubs and trees are planted which again, attract hungry, beneficial wildlife.

These beneficial species, in turn, reduce the need for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in numerous ways. For example, several species of safe, miniature wasps attack the eggs of the cutworm moth and twenty other caterpillar pests; dragon flies, bats, swallows, and gambusia fish control mosquitoes; select weevils eat thistles; tiny mycorrhiza in the soil attack soil pathogens.

At the same time, nitrogen-fixing plants naturally fertilize neighboring plants. The BioIsland philosophy is the use organic alternatives first, and chemicals only as a last resort. Environmentally friendly golf courses and parks have significant public relations advantages, such as providing market differentiation among the new generation of environmentally conscious golfers.

Managing Wildlife Habitat on Golf Courses

The Roaring Fork Club received a large amount of publicity for the environmental quality of their course. Their fairways and greens are located on both sides of a gold-medal trout stream, which is continuously monitored for water quality. Home buyers and the surrounding community love it too. Lower long term costs. Overall costs are approximately the same in the short term, but much lower in the long term as the BioIslands mature.

Enhanced beauty. One of the most common comments about the BioIslands at the Roaring Fork Club is how beautiful they are.

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This is a dummy description. Managing Wildlife Habitat on Golf Courses is written for those who care about golf and the environment. It provides a practical framework for environmentally sensitive land management practices. This book is the perfect resource for anyone striving to maintain the traditions of the game, enhance the natural environment of their golf course, and gain support for their efforts.

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