Conservation Value of Gold Courses
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,
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
to this worthy cause. Additionally, a poster detailing an Environmental Code
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:
FOR INFORMATION ON THIS AWARD PROGRAM
FOR A BRIEF INTRO TO RON DODSON
excerpt from above: "In recent years, however, we have been made to feel
about pesticides and herbicides and their impact. What's the real story?"
And this interesting tidbit: "Ron Dodson is an ornithological authority and
FOR A LIST OF ALL ARTICLES AT THIS WEB SITE ABOUT THE AUDUBON COOPERATIVE
The above information has been borrowed from a letter written by :
Saw Mill River Audubon Society
and forwarded to this discussion by :
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,
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