Valley in Brief: Sonnenalp Golf Club maintains Audubon sanctuary status | VailDaily.com

Valley in Brief: Sonnenalp Golf Club maintains Audubon sanctuary status

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EDWARDS — The Sonnenalp Golf Club has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Sonnenalp Golf Club Superintendent Neil Tretter led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course. The club was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2005 and is one of 904 courses in the world currently so designated.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the U.S. 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, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

"Sonnenalp Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, director of cooperative sanctuary programs at Audubon International.

Audubon International is a nonprofit organization based in Troy, New York. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities and new developments, with the purpose of delivering environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, go to http://www.auduboninternational.org.

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