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The future of Canada’s professional turf and grounds maintenance industry is in good hands. From coast to coast, several bright, young superstars have been making a difference in the industry, paving the way for the next wave of up-and-coming professionals.
The image gracing the cover of this issue of Turf & Rec is rather dramatic. It captures a golfer making a good-sized divot after (presumably) hitting a properly struck approach shot into a green.
Both club staff and members of the B.C. Wildfire Service worked all weekend to bolster the Mill Creek shoreline in an effort to keep rising waters away from the Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Kelowna.
More than three dozen volunteers turned out on the weekend to plant new trees at the Lemoine Park Conservation Area near Kingston, Ont. The park is the last and largest publicly accessible piece of wooded Lake Ontario shoreline in the region.
Vancouver plans to become the world's greenest city and is on pace to reach its goal of having planted 150,000 new trees by 2020.
The superintendent of a Corner Brook, Nfld. golf course said his "blood is boiling" after discovering two of his greens were significantly damaged during the winter by snowmobilers and those riding all-terrain vehicles. He also figures the number of empty beer bottles strewn about the area suggests the culprits might have been intoxicated.
Gorge Park in Grand Falls-Windsor, NF is nearly entirely under water after steady rainfall from late April.
Canadian geese have been a nuisance to golf course superintendents and turfgrass professionals for decades, leaving behind messes that are not only unsightly and slippery, but pose serious health hazards. The question is how to manage geese and the problems they create.
Toronto's BMO Field will be resurfaced later this month after the existing surface suffered the pitfalls of a long and harsh winter as well as a crowded schedule that saw the Toronto FC team start its season in late February. FC president Bill Manning likened the field to a "cow pasture."
Viola Freer, who served the Western Canada Turfgrass Association for 19 years as its executive administrator, passed away April 25 in Prince George, B.C.
Although photographs of a flooded Quilchena Golf & Country Club near Merritt, B.C. suggest a serious problem, the matter is not particularly worrisome, the region's district emergency services supervisor says. "We know it looks very dramatic, but there are no structures at risk at this time,” Jason Tomlin said.
Grand Falls Golf Club in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL is underwater. The golf course is located at the edge of the Exploits River which has become swollen due to spring runoff and heavy rain.
The Hamilton Cardinals of the Intercounty Baseball League will have a newly renovated field to play on this season, thanks to a large degree to the damage it incurred during filming of television's "A Handmaid's Tale." The production company behind the show has swallowed the cost of making the necessary field repairs to Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Experimental landscape design and climate-cognizant landscaping are two of the top landscape design and planning trends anticipated in 2018, the National Association of Landscape Professionals suggests.
The high school soccer season in Cornwall, Ont. was slated to begin the first week of May, but the slow start to spring could push the season opener back somewhat. “I don’t think there’s any field in the area that’s ready to play on," Jack Chisholm, convener of the SD&G senior soccer loop, said.

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