The golf course was originally designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2004, and is one of 17 in Alberta and 869 courses in the world to receive the 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 designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental 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 & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"Innisfail Golf Club 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 Laura Karosic, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International.
After designation, courses go through a recertification process every two years. This year the recertification process required a visit by a local community representative. Jason Pick, Instructor in the School of Environment at Olds College, was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International.
“Innisfail Golf Club continues to excel in strategies and enhancement for protection of native plant, animal, and natural ecosystems on the golf course and its property,” said Pick. “Innisfail’
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,”
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.
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