The Refuge Golf and Country Club golf course has received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP), an international program administered by Audubon International designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property. The plan was developed by Kirby Scharmann, Golf Course Superintendent, who is also recognized for his effort to plan for environmental stewardship.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides an advisory service to help existing golf courses develop effective conservation and wildlife enhancement programs. This worldwide effort is coordinated by Audubon International and is sponsored in part by the United States Golf Association.
“The open space of a golf course is utilized not only by golfers, but is habitat for a variety of wildlife species,” explained Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for Audubon International. “We welcome the Refuge Golf and Country Club’s commitment to the environment and to managing the golf course with wildlife in mind.”
By joining and participating in the ACSP, Refuge Golf and Country Club will be involved in projects that enhance habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community. These projects may include: placing nesting boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as bluebirds and swallows, utilizing integrated pest management techniques, conserving water, and maintaining food and cover for wildlife.
“The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program benefits both people and wildlife.” said Sluiter. “It ls a great way for the managers of developed properties and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of land and natural resources.”
After the environmental plan is approved, properties in the program may apply for certification in Wildlife and Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management, and Outreach and Education by demonstrating that they have met minimum requirements for each category. For more information on golf and the environment, visit http://www.golfandenvironment.org.
Audubon International is an environmental organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them. In addition to businesses, Audubon International also provides programs for golf courses schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, e-mail them via the Intemet atacsp(at)auduhonintemational(dot)org or visit their website at http://www.auduboninternational.org
Refuge Golf & Country Club, 3103 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404 USA, (928) 764-1404 http://www.refuegcountryclub.com
CONTACT: Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist
(518) 767-9051, Ext. 116