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Durand, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recognizes Stine Turf and Snow for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. Stine Turf and Snow recently achieved certification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program, a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase environmental compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry.

"Stine Turf and Snow has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment,” said Jim Johnson, MDARD Environmental Stewardship Division Director.

“By implementing best management practices and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources, and reducing their carbon footprint.”

Stine Turf and Snow has implemented best management practices addressing potential risks related to pollution, water quality and quantity resources, and conserving energy collectively benefitting the environment.

“We are very proud to have achieved this certification. While we certainly made every effort on our own to be not only in compliance with State laws but also environmentally friendly, this program guided us through the State of Michigan regulations to where we were not only certain we were in compliance, but in many cases, above and beyond compliance. This is a designation we don’t take lightly and look forward to being an example for the green industry.” Said Marc Stine, Owner of Stine Turf & Snow.

To date, many properties statewide, representing more than 12,000 acres have begun to voluntarily participate in the MTESP. Certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste, and protect water resources.

“We are very pleased that we can now add the Stine Turf and Snow to our list of certified facilities. Stine Turf and Snow should be proud of the commitment the management team has made to protecting and preserving the environment” said Adam Ikamas, MTESP Director. “Stine Turf & Snow is one of only a small handful of Lawncare companies to achieve this level of certification.”

As part of the MTESP certification requirements, an environmental action plan is established during a site visit conducted by program staff and the turfgrass manager or grounds superintendent. The action plan is used as a management tool to prevent potential threats from negatively affecting natural resources with a special focus placed upon the protection of groundwater, which is often the source for irrigation and drinking water.

This program is intended to advance and recognize the environmental stewardship efforts of the turfgrass industry. The program was developed at Michigan State University with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, Golf Association of Michigan, Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, Michigan PGA Section, MI Department of Environmental Quality, MI Department of Natural Resources, and MDARD. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.

For more information on the MTESP, visit www.mtesp.org, Twitter @MTESP and Facebook.com/MTESP or contact Adam Ikamas at adam@mtesp.org.

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September 15th, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The MDARD, DEQ and DNR today recognized University of Michigan Wilpon Complex for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. The Baseball and Softball Complex recently achieved certification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) www.mtesp.org, a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry related to environmental risks associated with wellhead protection, pesticide and fertilizer handling, application and record keeping, septic system management, fuel storage, irrigation and water use management areas, and emergency response.

Jim Johnson, Director of Environmental Programs for the MDARD said "The University of Michigan Wilpon Complex has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment. By reducing maintained areas, implementing best management practices, and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources, and reducing their carbon footprint,” said Johnson. “MDARD is proud to be associated with this unique partnership among state agencies, Michigan State University, and industry stakeholders that provide a solid foundation for success as additional properties work to attain certification."

Jack Schinderle, Chief, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Assistance said “The University of Michigan (U of M) is providing tremendous leadership by engaging the Wilpon Complex in proactive environmental stewardship practices and becoming certified in the MTESP. This builds upon an impressive record of accomplishments and is another example of their strong commitment to advance sustainability campus-wide. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality congratulates U of M on this impressive achievement and recognizes their dedication to the protection and conservation of natural resources.”

Jason Demink, Head Groundskeeper for the University of Michigan said “Completing the MTESP was a great honor for the Wilpon complex. A lot of hard work went into obtaining it by our grounds crew. We are very grateful to Dan Mausolf, Golf Course Superintendent at Radrick Farms for his help through the certification process, it was a great asset in assisting me. It is great to know that here at the Wilpon Complex at the University of Michigan we are doing our part for the environment for my kids who are the Wolverines of the future.”

To date, many properties statewide representing more than 12,000 acres have begun to voluntarily participate in the MTESP. Certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste, and protect water resources.

“We are very pleased that we can now add the Wilpon Complex at U of M to our list of certified facilities. The University should be proud of the commitment the management team has made to protecting and preserving the environment.” said Adam Ikamas MTESP Program Director.

As part of the MTESP certification requirements, an environmental action plan is established during a site visit conducted by program staff and the turfgrass manager or grounds superintendent. The action plan is used as a management tool to prevent potential threats from negatively affecting natural resources with a special focus placed upon the protection of groundwater, which is often the source for irrigation and drinking water.

This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF), Michigan golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA), Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Michigan Golf Course Owners Association (MGCOA), Michigan PGA Section (PGA), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Michigan Water Stewardship Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.

For more information on the MTESP visit www.mtesp.org, Twitter @MTESP and Facebook.com/MTESP or contact Adam Ikamas at adam@mtesp.org.

DNR Wildlife Habitat Module

July 15, 2015 by Adam Ikamas

The new Michigan Department of Natural Resources Habitat Module is now live on the www.mtesp.org website, see the link below for the .PDF version of the module as well.

The Certified Wildlife Area Program challenges golf courses, university and college grounds departments and park and other grounds maintenance operations to create and improve habitats to benefit wildlife. With over 800 golf courses in Michigan, over 100 colleges and universities and many park and other grounds maintenance operations there is significant potential to work in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to promote wildlife habitat management. Enhancing existing or developing new habitat areas can provide a safe haven for migratory birds, mammals, amphibians, and beneficial pollinating insects. This program recognizes those facilities that go above and beyond to make their property wildlife-friendly.

The goal of this wildlife module is to engage these facilities across Michigan to become more wildlife-friendly. This document provides guidance for evaluating existing wildlife habitat conditions, establishing goals for wildlife conservation, implementing management activities to enhance wildlife habitat, and providing conservation education to the public. Quality habitat is designed to meet the three basic needs of wildlife: food, shelter and water. Providing these basic habitat elements will not only help wildlife, but will enhance the aesthetic value of the property.

https://www.mtesp.org/DNR_Module.pdf

December 17, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Environmental Stewardship Division Director Jim Johnson and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)Representative, Jeff Spencer from the Office of Environmental Assistance recognized Radrick Farms Golf Course for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. The golf course recently achieved legacy recertification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) www.mtesp.org, a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry related to environmental risks associated with wellhead protection, pesticide and fertilizer handling, application and record keeping, septic system management, fuel storage, irrigation and water use management areas, and emergency response.

"Radrick Farms Golf Course has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment. By reducing maintained areas on the course, implementing best management practices, and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources, and reducing their carbon footprint,” said Johnson. “MDARD is proud to be associated with this unique partnership among state agencies, Michigan State University, and industry stakeholders that provide a solid foundation for success as additional properties work to attain certification."

“We congratulate Radrick Farms on their continuing MTESP involvement and ongoing commitment to protect and enhance our shared natural environment. We applaud their dedication to sustainable operations and environmental stewardship.” Said Jeff Spencer from the DEQ Office of Environmental Assistance

To date, 230 properties statewide have begun to voluntarily participate in the MTESP and only 82 have met the criteria for certification. MTESP certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste, and protect water resources.

“We are very pleased that we can continue our work with Radrick Farms Golf Course as one of our legacy certified facilities. The University should be proud of the commitment the management team has made to protecting and preserving the environment.” said Adam Ikamas MTESP Program Director.

“Gaining certification at the Radrick Farms Golf Course is a result of the hard work and commitment to environmental stewardship of Dan Mausolf, Superintendent, and his entire team,” said Corbin Todd, Director of the University of Michigan Golf Courses.

“We are very grateful for the many years of guidance that the MTESP program has provided. It is a partnership that has really helped both of the University of Michigan golf courses, not only to be great stewards of the environment, but also in providing exceptionally valuable customer experiences. We look forward to working closely with MTESP in the future as we continue to identify sustainable practices and live Planet Blue.”

As part of the MTESP certification requirements, an environmental action plan is established during a site visit conducted by program staff and the turfgrass manager or grounds superintendent. The action plan is used as a management tool to prevent potential threats from negatively affecting natural resources with a special focus placed upon the protection of groundwater, which is often the source for irrigation and drinking water.

This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF), Michigan golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA), Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Michigan Golf Course Owners Association (MGCOA), Michigan PGA Section (PGA), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Michigan Water Stewardship Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.

For more information on the MTESP visit www.mtesp.org, Twitter @MTESP and Facebook.com/MTESP or contact Adam Ikamas at adam@mtesp.org.

MTESP 2.0 is Live!

November 11, 2014 by Adam Ikamas

After more than a year of work building, updating and revitalizing the new MTESP 2.0 website www.mtesp.org is ready for users. We encourage anyone who manages turf in to log on to the website and start the road to certification at no cost.

The MTESP (Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program) is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF), Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA), Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Michigan Golf Course Owners Association (MGCOA), Michigan PGA Section (PGA), Michigan Sports Turf Managers Association (MiSTMA), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Michigan Water Stewardship Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.

This program is based around 12 modules that need to be completed for certification. Once completed a site visit is conducted to verify all items are completed by a trained MTESP Stewardship Specialist. All of the modules were created with help from the DEQ, MDARD and DNR and are reviewed on a yearly basis to keep them compliant with new laws and regulations. This is a voluntary program that covers laws, regulation and best management practices for environmental stewardship.

The modules in the program are:

• Program Overview

• Site Evaluation

• Wellhead Protection

• Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage

• Pesticide Mixing and Loading Pad

• Pesticide Handling and Application

• Fuel Storage

• Equipment Wash Pad

• Emergency Response

• Buffer Strips

• Green Purchasing, Conservation, & Waste Reduction

• Irrigation

For more information on this program please contact us at admin@mtesp.org

ALLANDALE, Mich. – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Environmental Stewardship Director Jim Johnson, recognizes Grand Valley State University for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. The University recently achieved certification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP), a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry.

"Grand Valley State University has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment. By reducing maintained areas on the campus, implementing best management practices, and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources, and reducing their carbon footprint,” said Johnson. “MDARD is proud to be associated with this unique partnership among state agencies, Michigan State University, and industry stakeholders that provide a solid foundation for success as additional properties work to attain certification."

To date, 230 properties statewide have begun to voluntarily participate in the MTESP and only 82 have met the criteria for certification. MTESP certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste, and protect water resources. As part of the program, an environmental action plan is established during a site visit conducted by program staff and the turfgrass manager or grounds superintendent.

“We are very pleased that we can now add Grand Valley State University to our list of certified facilities. The University should be proud of the commitment the management team has made to protecting and preserving the environment.” said Adam Ikamas MTESP Program Director.

Ken Stanton, CGM, Grounds Supervisor at Grand Valley, explained that several construction projects around the Facilities Services building were undertaken to complete the modules. “All of the improvements that were undertaken as part of the certification program, will complement the sustainable practices and programs, already taking place at Grand Valley”.

The action plan is used as a management tool to prevent potential threats from negatively affecting natural resources with a special focus placed upon the protection of groundwater, which is often the source for irrigation and drinking water.

This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance environmental stewardship with in the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF), Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA), Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Michigan Golf Course Owners Association (MGCOA), Michigan PGA Section (PGA), Michigan Sports Turf Managers (MiSTMA), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.

For more information on the MTESP visit www.mtesp.org, Twitter @MTESP and Facebook.com/MTESP or contact Adam Ikamas at 231-714-7365 or e-mail at adam@mtesp.org.