Our club has been a member of the Audubon Society for over fifteen years and was certified in 2001. Being a member of the Audubon Society shows a commitment by the club to be involved and show leadership in environmental issues. It also shows that a golf course can provide good playing conditions while at the same time enhancing the surrounding natural habitat. The greens department is continuing to provide new wildlife habitat for animals by installing new bird boxes, brush piles and no mow areas. Irrigation equipment and practices are continually monitored to ensure that water is used efficiently and can be reduced as much as possible. Further environmental audits will be done to ensure the maintenance practices of the club are having no negative impact on the surrounding water sources and neighbouring properties. The club will continue to maintain its certification with the Audubon Society and hopes to enhance the clubs profile by reaching out to local groups and schools to provide a learning centre for students and youth.

Environmental Policy.

At Greens Department we recognize that the operation and maintenance of the club does have a fundamental link with the environment and impact within the Thornhill community and Upper East Don River watershed. Management and staff endeavours to manage this operation to make only a positive impact on the environment. The Environmental Management System (EMS) provides the framework for the integration of the environmentally sensitive practices into all facets of the Golf Course and Clubhouse grounds activities. The club will comply with all legislation and regulations that relate to the management of the Thornhill Country Club.

Greens Department is committed to:

- Prevent and minimize the impact on the environment by our turf management program
- Share the responsibility of health and safety and environmental policies among our employees, contractors and suppliers
- Train, educate and communicate environmental policies to our employees
- Design, manage and operate our facilities to protect the environment
- Meet and exceed all regulations for the best health of employees and the environment
- Prepare objectives and targets annually to improve our environmental performance
- Continue to improve our EMS and remain current with leading IPM systems

The Greens Department has developed a very detailed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practice that realizes the importance of maintaining healthy strong turf in an environmentally positive manner without the dependence of pesticides. The turf program is developed based on biannual soil samples, tissue sampling (starting in 2006), daily scouting for pests, over seeding with improved turf species and an aerifying program that encourages improved gas exchange (venting) and root growth. The club has endeavoured to improve growing conditions around fine turf areas through tree removal, pruning and root pruning.

The club does use pesticides when required to control damaging pests in the key turf areas such as the greens, tees and fairways. Some pest damage will be tolerated in the rough and out of play areas. We use only registered products and ensure that our equipment is calibrated prior to each use and all products are used within the rates listed on the labels. We feel that pesticides are safe when used properly and ensure that there is no opportunity for products to drift or move off the target site.

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