BEAVERCREEK, OH – Beavercreek Golf Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Zachary Wike, Assistant Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Beavercreek is the 17th golf course in Ohio and the 915th in the world to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
"Beavercreek 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 Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Pepperman. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
Beavercreek Golf Club, set on 180 acres, provides ample green space in an area rapidly being developed for residential and commercial use. The golf course maintenance staff uses Best Management Practices to ensure environmental stewardship, while providing excellent playing conditions. The golf course is home to many species of wildlife where they can find over 40 acres of naturalized areas, more than 7000 linear feet of streams, and 5.3 acres of ponds. For more information about the golf course maintenance practices at Beavercreek Golf Club, please visit: www.beavercreekturf.blogspot.com
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at (518) 767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.