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Kapalua Plantation and Bay Courses recognized for environmental excellence

By Staff | Sep 15, 2016

Kapalua’s Plantation Course (pictured) and Bay Course are two of 912 courses in the world currently designated as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

KAPALUA – The Kapalua Plantation and Bay Courses have retained their designation as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

David Smallwood, director of agronomy, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on the courses.

Kapalua’s Plantation Course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1994, and the Bay Course was certified in 1993.

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, Mexico and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

“Kapalua Plantation and Bay Courses have shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Tara Donadio, director of cooperative sanctuary programs at Audubon International.

“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Donadio.

These categories include environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management. Courses go through a recertification process every three years.

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources.

For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.