Request For Proposal – Update IPM Guide For Turfgrass Managers

The Allied Golf Association of BC’s Environmental Advocacy Committee

Request for Proposal


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The Allied Golf Association of BC’s (AGA-BC) Environmental Advocacy Committee is inviting proposals to update the IPM Guide for Turfgrass Managers. This guide was first published in 2002 and was last updated in 2009. This guide was jointly produced by the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA) and the Ministry Of Agriculture. The Committee would like to see a thorough updated including some key components such as, but not limited to:

  1. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) fundamentals
  2. Disease and pest identification/management
  3. Current approved PMRA products
  4. Current Acts and Regulations
  5. Calibration of equipment
  6. Current issues section
  7. Recommendations to other useful publications, smart phone applications and websites.

The Committee would also like to see this document in a Microsoft Word format for ongoing future updates, have this posted as a secure PDF on our allied websites and available to purchase to public if required.

The end goal is that this publication will become a Golf /Fine Turfgrass Standard in our industries with the expectation that all turfgrass managers in BC will abide by this living document.


The Committee would like to invite proposals from individuals/companies with the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the key components stated above
  • High level of experience in agronomy/turfgrass/horticulture
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience in documentation creation
  • Post-secondary education in turfgrass or a related field

Proposal Evaluation Process

The Committee will evaluate all proposals equally against the pre-defined criteria through an evaluation process. Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Compliance with mandatory requirements
  • Written responses, demonstrations and references
  • Pricing information provided by the proponent

The Committee will then create a short list and contact those individuals/companies for further discussion.


Proposal must be submitted by December 15, 2015.

Please submit vial email to:
Keith Lyall, Environmental Advocacy Committee Chair

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Western Canada Turfgrass Association Demonstrates First Green ‘Links as Labs’ Program At Redwoods Golf Course

‘Links as Labs’ Program Demonstration At Redwoods Golf Course

The Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA), in partnership with the First Green Foundation, launched the first program in Canada that brings environmental education to grade 5 and up students using golf courses as environmental learning labs. On October 2nd, Redwoods Golf Course in Langley hosted 24 middle school students for the initial First Green ‘Links As Labs’ program.

First Green - Links as LabsFirst Green is an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs, allowing students to perform hands-on experiments and tests, all within the focus of their school’s environmental science curriculum.

“This unique program gets kids connected with golf, not just as a sport, but also as a place where you can learn about the environment,” said Jerry Rousseau, executive director of the WCTA.

“We are working on getting superintendents at golf courses interested in this program so that we can launch it anywhere there’s a golf course.”

Read more about Links As Labs program in this detailed article by Alfie Lau on and learn more about the Western Canadian Turfgrass Association.

First Green Links as Labs

Big wheels were a big hit with the grade 8 class from Pitt River Middle School!

Environment Minister Mary Polak Speaks To Students

Environment Minister Mary Polak speaks to the First Green group at her home golf course, The Redwoods in Langley, BC.

Links as Labs - First Green

Yes, golf is part of the First Green lesson plan along with science and math!

First Green - Links as Labs

USGA Agronomist Larry Gilhuly explains some of the behind the scenes technology that helps golf course superintendents manage their courses to a group of Pitt River Middle School students.

Links as Labs - First Green

Redwoods Golf Course Superintendent Peter Szarka, provides some background on the golf course and the environmental benefits the course brings to the community.

Mary Polak and Kris Jonasson

Kris Jonasson, BC Golf Association Executive Director, and Environment Minister Mary Polak.