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The Sanctuary maintains Audubon certification

December 14, 2012
Special to the Reporter (sancapnews@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanctuary Golf Club has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, the educational division of Audubon International.

The Sanctuary celebrates 10 years of certification and is one of 857 courses in the world to have the honor. Kyle Sweet, golf course superintendent, led the effort to maintain Sanctuary status and has been identified as an individual who practices Audubon International's philosophy of improving the quality of life, one property at a time. He is part of the Audubon Steward network and provides invaluable, first-hand assistance to members of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and others interested in protecting and improving the environment in their region.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources.

"The Sanctuary Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Joellen Lampman, Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs director.

Once certified in the program, a property must re-certify every two years. The Sanctuary demonstrated successful efforts in wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management for their recent re-certification.

"There are so many things that contribute to our success," said Sweet. "Our implementation of the best management practices for water quality management, a new highly efficient irrigation system, an active membership that participates in several environmental educational activities, and a highly trained staff that values our environmental management efforts are our program highlights. All together, we have shown that natural resources management can be successful in a developed community and on a golf course."

In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for communities, schools, businesses, and new developments.

For more information visit www.auduboninternational.org.

 
 

 

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