Another Achievement for Bear Trace

Monday 20 April 2015

Stephen Gabauer, GEO and Paul Carter, 2015 winner of the GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship at the 2015 Golf Industry Show, San Antonio.

As one of today’s leaders in modern sustainability, Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Tennessee’s Paul L. Carter (CGCS) has been awarded the 2015 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Carter, who has been superintendent at the GEO Certified® Bear Trace at Harrison Bay for 13 years, received the award during the Opening Session of the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio in February. The GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, established in 1991, recognizes exceptional environmental contributions to golf that exemplify the superintendent’s image as a steward of the land.

 Under Carter’s watch Bear Trace at Harrison Bay became GEO Certified® in 2014, adding to their earlier distinction as a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Becoming GEO Certified® recognizes the work that Carter and his team have done, and continue to do, to protect and enhance the natural environment, provide value to people and the community and carefully manage their use of natural resources.

 Russ Bodie, the independent verifier who visited the site prior to their certification said: ‘The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is a model of the marriage of golf and sustainability. With a small, dedicated staff and local community support, the club continues to demonstrate excellence in operation and attract global attention for outstanding environmental management and social value’.

Stephen Gabauer, Programme Manager of OnCourse®, the free, industry supported online program that leads to the certification, said ‘it is fantastic to see Paul receive GCSAA’s 2015 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship. People speak very highly of his commitment, and this type of leadership in sustainable golf within the industry can do a lot to inspire others, helping golf businesses operate more efficiently, and ultimately improve the image and influence of the game.’

Some of the sustainability initiatives which Carter has overseen at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay include the establishment of an Environmental Education centre in the clubhouse and inviting community clubs and volunteers to enjoy and study the landscape and wildlife, delivering talks, and hosting course walks and field trips for local high school and university classes. The Harrison Bay Eagle Cam has also been set up to allow members, the local community and enthusiasts across the world to follow a pair of nesting American Bald Eagles on the course, a project supported in part by the USGA.

 Further information on Paul Carter and the GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship can be found on the GCSAA website here and the full GEO Certified® report for Bear Trace at Harrison Bay can be found here.

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