How far into the planning stage of a project should the development proceed before contacting Audubon International?
As soon as possible, some credits allowing projects to earn Silver or Gold level certification may be impacted by the timing of Audubon International involvement in the planning process.
Does Audubon International promote golf course development?
Audubon International would prefer that natural lands remain natural. However, we recognize that many properties will be developed for a variety of purposes, including golf, whether we prefer it or not. Our extensive work with golf courses has proven that properly sited, designed, and managed golf courses can be one of the lowest impact forms of development, especially when compared to other types of developments, such as shopping malls, residential communities, and industrial facilities. Golf courses can be developed in ways that provide wildlife habitat, protect natural resources, and offer community and recreational values. Ultimately, we support the concept of sustainable development, and know of no other way to promote and implement it than to work with people who are planning to develop land. Therefore, we try to educate, guide, assist, and offer incentives to people who are going to develop land to do so with environmental stewardship in mind.
What is included in the NRMP?
The NRMP is based on the Audubon Principles for Sustainable Resource Management and includes the assessment of and plans for:
- Wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement
- Waste reduction and management
- Energy efficiency
- Water conservation
- Water quality management and monitoring
- Integrated pest management
Who prepares the NRMP?
Program members use qualified individuals or organizations to prepare the Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP). Upon its completion, the NRMP is submitted to Audubon International for review and approval.
How is the NRMP used?
The project development team is responsible for implementing the recommendations and best management practices outlined in the NRMP. The NRMP offers guidance not only during planning, construction, and development, but continues to guide the management of the property once development is complete. Periodic updates to the NRMP may need to be made to address changing environmental conditions or accommodate new management practices.