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Hunterdon maintains Audubon Sanctuary status at golf course


Hunterdon County’s award-winning Heron Glen golf course has again been recognized for environmental excellence, gaining recertification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Board of Commissioners Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich reported at the board’s June 21 meeting.

Rich, the board’s Parks liaison, said, “High environmental standards are important in all our parks and recreations sites in Hunterdon County, as they serve to maintain our quality of life. Having the golf course meet the high standards established by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary is a confirmation of that great effort.”

The purpose of the Sanctuary Program is to help course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts.

To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that it is maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

“I am advised that of the 38,000 golf courses worldwide, Heron Glen is one of only 900 courses in the world to hold certification from Audubon International. The recertification process is performed every three years and since 2015, the golf course has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,” Rich commented.