The Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Dan Mausolf, Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Radrick Farms Golf Course is the 12thcourse in Michigan and the 967th in the world to receive the honor.
"Radrick Farms Golf Course 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 Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Sluiter. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
“Achieving the status of a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary has been a win-win” Mausolf said. “Working through the six categories not only helps the environment, it improves our bottom line, fosters staff pride, increases the quality of our customer experience, and builds relationships within our community. It is a great program.”
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 in the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.