• Riverside Golf Course Attains "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" Designation

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FRESNO, CA – Riverside Golf Course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. Bob Tillema, Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Riverside Golf Course is the 27th course in California to earn this award.
"Riverside Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Joellen Zeh, Staff Ecologist for Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Zeh. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

"We are thrilled to achieve certification here on the course," said Tillema. "The community deserves all we can do here for sustainable environmental management, which is our company philosophy. We won't be slackening our efforts just because we got the award."

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from theUnited States, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

Riverside Golf Course is leased from the City ofFresno by CourseCo, Inc. CourseCo is the largest golf management company in Northern California. Four of its 13 courses are Audubon certified.

In addition to golf courses, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System also provides programs for schools, individuals and businesses. For more information, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, email them via the Internet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at www.audubonintl.org.