Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Congrats to Audubon International on their 1,000 certified golf course

We wanted to pass along our congratulations to Audubon International on certifying their 1,000 golf course.  The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, as well as all the golf courses on the Tennessee Golf Trail are proud of our Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status.  Below is an article from Golfdom magazine on this great accomplishment.  Keep up the great work AI!!!

Audubon International said it has certified 1,000 golf courses for its Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an environmental education and certification initiative that provides technical assistance and guidance to help courses protect the environment, preserve golf’s natural heritage and gain recognition for their efforts.

The recipient of the organization’s most recent Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation is Eagles Pride Golf Course, a 27-hole championship course located in Washington at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the Defense Department’s largest military installation on the West Coast. It was ranked one of the top ten military golf courses by Travel + Leisure magazine and is open to the public.

“We are very proud to have earned this in recognition of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, especially since we are the 2nd Army and 5th Department of Defense golf course to be so honored worldwide,” Joint Base Commander Colonel H. Charles Hodges Jr. said. “This certification is a significant honor as a tangible recognition of our commitment at JBLM to sustainability and responsible stewardship. We look forward to working closely with Audubon International in our efforts toward ensuring all future generations have an environmentally friendly place to work and play.”

Since being established in 1991, ACSP membership (including facilities working towards certification) has grown to more than 2,300 golf courses in the United States and 36 countries worldwide. The program is endorsed by the United States Golf Association.

“Audubon International is excited to partner with the Department of Defense and its many installations to advance sustainability nationally and internationally,” said Audubon International CEO Ryan Aylesworth. “The achievements of Joint Base Lewis-McChord…serve as evidence that the U.S. military is committed to helping safeguard our environment and natural resources, and it is Audubon International’s goal to help our armed forces build on past accomplishments and ultimately achieve ACSP certification for all golf courses managed by the military.”

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