City Park Nine Golf Course, 411 South Bryan Avenue, has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. James Higgins, Golf Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. City Park Nine Golf Course is the 39th golf course in Colorado to receive the honor.
"City Park Nine Golf Course 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.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Lampman. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
Marty Heffernan, Executive Director of Community Services, is appreciative of staff and proud of the golf course's designation, "City Park Nine is a unique and remarkable golf course conveniently located in the heart of Fort Collins. The efforts of our staff have been appropriately recognized by this designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The City is proud of City Park Nine and the team that maintains and manages it."
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 also achieved certification in the program.
In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, 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 Internet at , or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org