The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf helps golf courses enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources for the benefit of people, wildlife and the game of golf.
Achieving certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary demonstrates leadership, commitment and high standards of environmental management. As an ACSP for Golf member, Bathurst Glen is required to demonstrate continued best management efforts in order to maintain certification.
Under the ACSP for Golf program, Bathurst Glen strives to continually meet certification standards in six focus areas:
Completion of a detailed site assessment and the development of an environmental plan. This step is designed to establish baseline data by taking stock of the property and its significant natural resources
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Approximately 12 acres of previously manicured turf have been naturalized. The naturalization of these areas allows the development of natural corridors for wildlife protection.
Various native planting projects including: 560 native trees and shrubs planted in 2007 with 25 volunteers; and 405 native trees and shrubs planted in 2008 with 14 volunteers.
Installation of 60-plus nesting boxes throughout the course along with a one acre butterfly meadow.
Chemical Use Reduction and Safety
Identification and establishment of no spray and low intensity management zones to protect sensitive environments and water bodies.
Implementation of various sound cultural turf care practices including; regular aerification, top dressing, verticutting and de-thatching.
By incorporating evapotranspiration rates into irrigation practices, water consumption has been reduced by 20%.
Eliminated non-target watering through installation of part circle irrigation heads.
Water Quality Management
Installation of a closed-loop equipment washing system.
Introduction of a water quality monitoring program. Water quality testing of all water bodies three times annually to monitor the health of water features
Increased manicured turf height around water bodies to minimum of 3.5 inches to create a natural buffer zone and vegetated filtration strip.
Engaged the local community with volunteer planting and monitoring events.
Hosted interpretive hikes and a focus group discussion on the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, with participation from local community members and interest groups.
Implemented an educational component of our junior golf camps based around the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.