Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
Leslie Park is a certified environmental steward in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. The mission of the program is:
•To advance the environmental stewardship of Michigan's golf industry by increasing the awareness and understanding of Michigan's environmental resources and the potential impacts of golf turf management, and also by elevating the level of pollution protection;
•To enhance fish and wildlife habitat and indigenous vegetation, and to protect water resources with buffer zones on golf course properties;
•To clearly identify environmental laws and regulations and advance the compliance of the golf turf industry;
•To engage the golf industry, regulatory agencies, and environmental citizen groups in productive communication; and
•To recognize, promote, and award environmental stewardship achievements.
Leslie Park accomplishes these objectives through promoting and communicating best management practices to control potential sources of pollution; minimizing inputs to the environment and complying with all environmental laws and regulation; adopting pollution protection practices; and reducing wastes. We also are committed to protecting water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and native vegetation, as well as all of the natural resources at Leslie Park.
The Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program is intended to organize efforts of the turfgrass industry, state agencies, Michigan State University, 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, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Since 2004, the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program has provided the base funding to develop the program.