Conservation Value of Gold Courses

Mark Feider mfeider at omnifest.uwm.edu
Mon Sep 1 16:36:07 EST 1997


Audubon International (formerly Audubon Society of New York State) has a site 
on the web as part of the  commercial golf page, http://www.igolf.com.    The 
following addresses list extensive information about the various publicity 
programs of this nonaffiliated Audubon group.

It is run by Ron Dodson, a former National Audubon Regional Vice President.   
The stated goals of this organization and its practices are to disseminate 
information about sound environmental practices for golf courses.   The 
information offered is as sound (and as accessible) as that offered by local 
county extensions.  There is also a school education component.

The rub is that golf courses pay a great deal of money for the information, 
the
implementation of the practices is voluntary -- on privately-owned land, after
all -- and what is purchased in addition to the information is the right to 
display a sign as an "Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary."    Some might have great
difficulty with the concept of a golf course as a "Audubon Sanctuary."   

The program has encouraged better practices on golf courses and given a good 
pr value to courses who are doing their part to reduce water and chemical use,
increase wildlife habitat and native plantings.


Latest News: the 1996 Best of Golf Awards awarded jointly by Audubon
International and Links Magazine to  "golf courses, groups and individuals
making outstanding contributions in the conservation of natural  resources."
Also "a special John James Audubon - Links Magazine Special Recognition Award
will be  presented to an individual or company making significant 
contributions
to this worthy cause.  Additionally, a poster detailing an Environmental Code 
of
Ethics will be jointly unveiled by Links Magazine and Audubon International at
Oakland Hills." [This was the site of the US Open  in June, 1996.]

Sites to explore:

http://www.igolf.com/starter/travarch/environm/rdaward2.html
FOR INFORMATION ON THIS AWARD PROGRAM

http://www.igolf.com/starter/travarch/environm/intro.html
FOR A BRIEF INTRO TO RON DODSON

excerpt from above: "In recent years, however, we have been made to feel 
guilty
about pesticides and herbicides and their impact.  What's the real story?"

And this interesting tidbit:  "Ron Dodson is an ornithological authority and
environmental expert."

ftp://www.igolf.com/starter/travarch/environm
FOR A LIST OF ALL ARTICLES AT THIS WEB SITE ABOUT THE AUDUBON COOPERATIVE
PROGRAM

The above information has been borrowed from a letter written by : 

Anne Swaim
Saw Mill River Audubon Society


and forwarded to this discussion by : 

Mark Feider
Milwaukee Audubon Society


Remember :  The organization  * Audubon International *  IS NOT affiliated 
with nor endorsed by the environmental organization called  The National 
Audubon Society.  Audubon International has merely borrowed and benefitted 
from using the name of *Audubon*, which is most frequently associated with the
second society above. 

Consequently, National Audubon finds itself in the awkward position of having 

to explain that it does not certify golf courses as wildlife sanctuaries. (g).

Hope this helps,

mf



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