Audubon International is pleased to announce that the eleven golf courses that make up the Tennessee State Parks “Tennessee Golf Trail” are working to protect the natural environment through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Currently, eight have earned certification through the program. The Tennessee State Parks system is a part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and is the latest multi-course owner/operator to commit to 100% enrollment in the voluntary environmental education and certification program. Information about the Tennessee Golf Trail is found at: http://www.tngolftrail.net/audubon.shtml

“Audubon International’s focus on environmental education and promotion of more sustainable land management practices has been a perfect fit for the Tennessee Golf Trail,” states Jim Webb, Director of Golf for the Tennessee Golf Trail. “It’s good for the staff, the courses, and the state to have all our facilities enrolled in this program. We look forward to having all of our courses earn certification through the program. The natural beauty of each of our state’s golf courses is worth protecting, and Audubon International’s program helps us to do that.” 

With the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the Tennessee State Parks system joins over two-dozen public and private multi-course owners and operators that have made a commitment to the program.  

“Over the last twenty years we’ve been privileged to partner with, and garner support from, some great agencies and organizations,” states Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D., Executive Director for Audubon International. “We’re very proud to be working with the Tennessee State Parks and all the Tennessee Golf Trail facilities working with us to make golf more sustainable. In the difficult economic climate that currently exists for many state and municipal park agencies, the opportunity to promote conservation and efficiency in public park operations is just good business and provides a way to get the community involved.”

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