Lake Tahoe Golf Course recognized for its environmental excellence | South of Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course has retained its designation as an “Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary” through its International Golf Course Program.

Efforts were led by golf course superintendent Bobby Jaeger to win recognition again.

Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environmental management program and to be recognized for their efforts. To achieve certification, a course must demonstrate that it maintains a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, reduction and safety of chemical use, water conservation and water quality management.

“LTGC 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 Christine Kane, CEO of Audubon International.

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is one of more than 900 courses worldwide to hold Audubon International certification. Golf courses in the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia have also achieved program certification. The golf course was originally designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2003. After designation, the courses go through a recertification process every three years.

“We view the site visit as an important part of course recertification,” Kane said. “It provides objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. Additionally, it offers golf course representatives the opportunity to publicly share some of the voluntary actions they have taken behind the scenes to protect and preserve the land, water, wildlife and natural resources that surround them.

“We hosted a site visit from Audubon International this spring where they basically audited all of our environmental efforts to make sure we’re doing what we say we are,” Jaeger said. “It’s a very long process. The site visit is mandatory every three years and we passed it to maintain our certification.”

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible stewardship of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources. To fulfill this mission, the organization offers training, services and a suite of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments and entire communities.

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