Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Official! We are now a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary!

CONTACT:       Doug Bechtel, Executive Director
                        (518) 767-9051, Ext. 114

Tri-City Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Britton “Bo” Lacy, Certified Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Tri-City Country Club is the 19th golf course in Washington and the 908th in the world to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  

"Tri-City Country Club 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 Doug Bechtel, Executive Director 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 Bechtel. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“Achieving this goal has been a high priority for me for some time,” said Britton “Bo” Lacy, CGCS.  “We are stewards of this land and this is a great way of showcasing what it truly means to being dedicated to environmental quality and preserving the wildlife we have here; not only for the current generation, but for future generations.”

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 achieved certification in the program. The Tri-City Country Club is a 4600 yard par 65 course, founded in 1938. The beautiful tree lined golf course is nestled in 67 acres near downtown Kennewick, Washington. The golf course has come to be known as "The Shotmakers Course" because of the accuracy required to negotiate the narrow fairways, water, bunker and small greens. The course will challenge the most accomplished players.  

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 (518) 767-9051or visit www.auduboninternational.org.


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