I received notification from Audubon International's staff ecologist, Jim Sluiter that Leslie Park have achieved the first and largest category toward certification in Audubon's Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, Environmental Planning.
"The open space of a golf course is utilized not only by golfers, but is habitat for a variety of species." explains Jim. "We welcome Leslie Park's commitment to the environment and to managing the golf course with wildlife in mind."
By joining and participating in the ACSP, Leslie Park will be involved in projects that enhance habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the Ann Arbor community.
The next steps in this process are finishing the Wildlife and Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management and Outreach and Education. Once these five categories are completed, Leslie Park will become the 842nd certified property in the world and just the 13th in Michigan.
I hope to complete this before next spring.