Eastmoreland Golf Course achieves Audubon certification

Congratulations to OGCSA Superintendent member, Kathy Hauff for achieving Audubon certification at Eastmoreland Golf Course.  The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves as vital resource for golf courses.

Eastmoreland GC joins the 17 other Oregon golf courses that hold the designation as an Audubon certified sanctuary and one Oregon golf course that holds the designation as a certified classic and signature sanctuary. To view list of the Oregon certified golf course and learn more about the Audubon program, visit the Audubon section of the website under the Environmental tab.

Following press release provided by ~  Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs

PORTLAND, OR – Eastmoreland Golf Course has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Kathy Hauff, Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Eastmoreland Golf Course is one of 18 golf courses in Oregon and 902 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

“Eastmoreland 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 Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

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

Kathy Hauff, Superintendent at Eastmoreland Golf Course- “Achieving Audubon certification is a lot of work but it was well worth the effort because I know so much more about the course than I did before I started.”

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 the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

Eastmoreland Golf Course is approaching its 100th year anniversary in 2018. It is an 18- hole golf course that sits on 150 acres in the middle of Portland’s historic Eastmoreland neighborhood and is Oregon’s second oldest golf course. The course was designed in 1917 by Chandler Egan a former national amateur golf champion and leading golf course architect. The course has many natural resources, such as Chrystal Springs Lake, Chrystal Springs Creek and Johnson Creek, wetlands, and woods with over 2500 trees.  Eastmoreland Golf Course provides habitat for a diverse wildlife population including deer, eagles, heron, osprey, hawks, salmon, otters and many other species.

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.