~ Twig Travels: Wildlife Conservation on Florida Golf Courses ~

Matt "Twig" Largess just returned from a four-month tree-consulting trip in Florida. During this time, Matt surveyed green assets on golf courses and other properties that had varying degrees of damage from Hurricane Irma. This was his longest consulting trip to date!

During his trip, he discovered that some of the golf courses he surveyed were allied with Audubon International. Audubon International (separate from the National Audubon Society) has a mission to "deliver high-quality environmental education to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play."

Golf courses around the world support Audubon International's mission by taking part in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. The program works with courses to protect the environment while simultaneously preserving the natural heritage of the game of golf. Valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats are enhanced, and potentially harmful golf course operations are minimized.

This is all accomplished by courses following the Standard Environmental Management Practices that Audubon International developed. The practices cover environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, water quality management, and outreach and education. 

Check out some of the courses that Twig visited and partake in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf.