Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Naples Lakes Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

NAPLES, FL Naples Lakes Country Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

The golf course was originally designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2001, and is one of 114 in Florida and 889 courses in the world to receive this honor. Courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

Participation is designated to help course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environment management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

"Naples Lakes Country 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 Doug Bechtel, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International.

"After designation, courses go through a recertification process every two years. This year the recertification required a visit by a local community representative. Andrea Naccarato, education staff member at the Naples Botanical Garden, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International.

"Naples Lakes Country Club's golf course feels like a quiet retreat thanks to extensive preserve buffers composed of a mix of native habitats," said Naccarato. "These habitats, along with planted littoral zones, increase the likelihood of spying any of the 144 wildlife species documented there."

"We see the site visit as an important component of a course's recertification," stated Bechtel. "It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course's environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them."

About Audubon International

Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.

For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 767-9051, email at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.

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