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Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf: Reston

This spring, Reston National will be working towards re-certification of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

 “The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide.”-Audubon International website.

Reston National was originally certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2007.  It is required to re-certify every 2 years to retain certification.  This involves documentation of naturalized areas, wildlife inventories, and documentation of chemical and fertilizer inputs.  This will be the fourth re-certification at Reston National, and the second that I have personally been involved with.  This program is designed to help us enhance the natural and environmental aspects of the golf course.  Many of the practices that benefit the environment also save the golf course time and money, and in many cases add to the aesthetics.  An example of this is the naturalized areas that we maintain throughout the course.  Not only does it lend to a natural look and save time on mowing, the longer grass and brush gives shelter to small animals.  For more information please visit auduboninternational.org

This year we will also be participating in a field trial with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).  A company will be donating 4 pieces of equipment to a select few golf courses across the country for a period of a year.  Reston National applied for this trial and we were selected to be one of the golf courses.  The purpose of the trial is to show the savings of running propane equipment compared to gas and diesel.  Propane costs less than gas and diesel, and also has less of an impact on the environment and on engines.