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CHAPTER ROOM BLOCK – 2018 GIS

Book now! Our chapter room block is open for the Drury Plaza. The hotel is 4 blocks from the convention center and is on the River Walk.

To reserve a room CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ONLINE! Input access code is GISPPC0218520

This property has great amenities and is mid-price range of the GIS conference hotels. Located on the San Antonio, Texas, River Walk, you are in the midst of all the great things the River Walk offers. With only a four-block stroll to the convention center, GCSAA bus service will not be available.

All rooms include microwaves and refrigerators, and free wireless throughout the property.

You can also enjoy two complimentary meals a day! Enjoy a free breakfast that includes hot items such as biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage. From 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. each day, enjoy three beverage tickets for beer, wine, mixed drinks, or soda, as well as what you could enjoy as a snack or a meal – a variety of hot food that changes daily.

Water Use in Idaho Open Forum
July 20, 2017
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Idaho Water Science Center
230 Collins Road, Boise, ID
Main Conference Room

Overview:
Every five years, the U.S. Geological Survey compiles county-level water use data for every state in the Union. (“Estimated Use of Water in the United States”; http://water.usgs.gov/watuse/50years.html). These county-level compilations are a cooperative effort between state agencies, federal partners, and the USGS to facilitate the collection of reliable and uniform water-use information. Statewide totals for water withdrawals (use) in Idaho have been reported with the rest of the Nation at five-year intervals beginning in 1950.

The Idaho Water Science Center is hosting a forum to present preliminary results from compilation year 2015. The objectives of this meeting are two-fold:
For the USGS to present 2015 results of water use by category—including Public Supply & Domestic, Irrigation, Aquaculture, Thermoelectric, Livestock, Mining, and Industrial—to brief our partners on data availability and its limitations.
To host an open forum to discuss the two categories most important in Idaho: irrigation and public supply; and how we might improve the methodology. What are we missing? Is there a better way?
Our primary goal is to produce better estimates of water use and more collaborative datasets during the compilation process. We would like to collectively identify the data gaps to continue to improve the use estimates in future compilations. We are seeking your expertise and your guidance on the best ways to do this.

Agenda:
9:00 – 9:25 am, Introductions
9:25 – 10:10 am, Overview of Water Use Compilation and 2015 Preliminary Results by Category
10:10 – 10:30 am, Break
10:30 – 11:30 am, Open Forum – Irrigation Water Use, methods and limitations
11:30 – 12:30 am, Open Forum – Public Supply & Domestic Water Use, methods and limitations

This meeting is free to attend, but please register here so that we can prepare for attendance:
Registration Link

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Erin Murray at 208-387-1342 or emmurray@usgs.gov.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Cushman, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, continues to show its dedication to the golfing industry with the “Growing Greens” program. For every purchase of a new Cushman Hauler® utility vehicle, $50 will be donated to the local Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA) chapter of the purchasing course.

Idaho GCSA Fall Meeting!
October 3 @ 8:00 am – October 4 @ 5:00 pm

Our Fall Meeting will help you succeed as a better steward of the environment and help you to provide the best playing conditions possible.

Join us in Twin Falls, ID, at the Red Lion hotel for the conference and enjoy golf at Blue Lakes Country Club! We have a great array of topics with our featured speakers:

William Kreuser, Ph.D., Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Anthony Williams, CGCS, CGM
and also joining us will be Tony McCammon, Area Extension Horticulturalist Twin Falls County Extension, University of Idaho; and Steven Hines, University of Idaho Extension Educator for Jerome County

To register – click on the event on the calendar of our homepage.

Visit the event on the homepage calendar for the link to register an pay online, or to download a PDF.

Also, forms are available by clicking on the dropdown “Forms” under the INFO tab ner the top of our website.

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Our block is open!

Each year we have several Idaho GCSA members disappointed they missed out of the chapter room block at the GIS. Don’t be “that person” for the 2017 GIS in Orlando!

Even if you aren’t 100% positive you are attending, make your reservation.

You can adjust your nights, or even cancel with proper notice. November, December and January are too late to reserve a room in the block. By the end of October, if any rooms are left, we give them back to GCSAA, per our agreement.

It may be difficult to wrap your head around February 2017 with everything you are juggling right now… but we need you to do just that!

We will have two blocks, again, in 2017. The Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, and the Hyatt Place Convention Center/ International Drive. We have used the Rosen Inn ($97 Single/Double) before and it is more of a budget property. The Hyatt Place ($156 Single/Double) is on International Drive. Although we have not used the Hyatt as a block property before, it is near our previous blocks. Shuttle service is available to the convention center with both properties.

CLICK HERE to reserve your room!

Dear members of the Idaho GCSA,

GCSAA’s 2016 Property Profile and Environmental Stewardship Survey is now underway. This survey focuses on course features, turf species and basic stewardship information that will help GCSAA advocate for the golf course industry and our profession. The survey takes just 15 to 20 minutes to complete. GCSAA’s Board of Directors is asking for your help by completing and promoting this important survey. If you have taken the survey, the Board thanks you for your service. Use this link to take the GCEP Property Profile and Environmental Stewardship Survey

We realize April is a busy time of the year. However, this information is very important and with just a short time investment you will help make a difference for the superintendent profession and industry. GCSAA needs this important data that is based upon your continued input. Without it regulators may only have information provided to them by those wanting to ban the tools we need to do our jobs and contribute to the success of our facilities.

Your participation ensures accurate usage data and a stronger foundation of science and fact from which GCSAA can advocate. In addition to taking this survey yourself, please encourage superintendents in your area to participate— both GCSAA members and non-members alike. Advocacy for the golf course superintendent is one of GCSAA’s most important efforts and a pillar upon which we operate. Please take the survey before it closes on April 29.

This survey is conducted by the National Golf Foundation on behalf of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. GCSAA receives its funding for this project through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf and specifically from the generous support of the United States Golf Association.

Visit www.gcsaa.org today to learn more about the Golf Course Environmental Profile and to access the survey. Thank you for all you do to support and promote the golf course superintendent and the game of golf!

Sincerely,

Peter J. Grass, CGCS
President, GCSAA

GCSAA needs your help to determine nationwide pest management practices through the Pest Management Practices Survey; no pesticide records required. This information provides much needed data for GCSAA to advocate on behalf of the golf course industry and superintendent profession. Without it, we won’t have supporting data to back up the facts showing golf courses as professionally managed greenspaces. The GCEP is sponsored by the USGA in conjunction with the EIFG.