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Forest Lake Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence
BLOOMFTELD HILLS. MI - Forest Lake Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. Fritz McMullen, Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Forest Lake Country Club is the 13th course in Michigan, 437th in the United States, and the 518th in the world to receive the honor.
"Forest Lake 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 Shawn WiI1iams, Environmental Technician 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 Williams. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
Fritz McMullen thanked the Board of Directors at Forest Lake Country Club as well as the Environmental Committee for their support and encouragement in this proactive environmental program. "The Environmental Committee Chairman, Terry Counihan, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Ryan Moore, and Turf Scout Representative, Julie Stachecki Johanningsmeier of Site Specific have put in many hours of thought and time in preparing these components for the club," stated McMullen. "This information has increased the environmental awareness of our members and the surrounding community in a very positive direction.”
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, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. Audubon certified courses in Michigan also include: Bay Pointe Golf Club in West Bloomfield, Blackberry Patch Golf Club in Coldwater, Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Fox Hills Country Club in Plymouth, Gull Lake View Golf Club in Augusta, Lakelands Golf & Country Club in Brighton, Northville Hills Club in Northville, The Legend in Bellaire, Tournament Players Club of Michigan in Dearborn, and White Pine National Golf Club in Spruce.
Audubon International, is an environmental organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them. In addition to golf courses, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System also provides programs for schools, individuals and businesses. For more information contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA. (518) 767-9051, email them via the Internet at email@example.com, or visit their website at www.audubonintl.org.