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.