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The Links at Boynton Beach Recognized for Environmental Excellence

The Links at Boynton Beach has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

"The Links at Boynton Beach 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 Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

The Links at Boynton Beach is one of 108 courses in Florida and 907 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2006. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.

This year the recertification process, coordinated by Glenn Landgraf, CGCS and Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Jeff A. Klontz, superintendent at The Country Club of Florida, was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International. “I am honored to be involved and associated with Audubon International,” reported Superintendent Landgraf. “This certification process for Boynton Beach Links Golf Course and the City of Boynton Beach is an honor. Knowing that our efforts to enhance the environment for golf and preserve wildlife habitat are incorporated into our day-to-day operations makes our golf experience more attractive to our players.”

“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Pepperman. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.

For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 767-9051, e-mail at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.