Audubon Classic Sanctuary
Mirimichi is the first golf course in the United States to receive official Audubon Classic Sanctuary certification by Audubon International, a non-profit environmental education organization. The Audubon Classic Sanctuary Program is a new program created by Audubon International for properties that are being re-developed or going through a restoration for improvement.
To help achieve certification, Mirimichi worked closely with sustainability consultants from Audubon Environmental on the design, construction and long-term management of the golf course. Based on the Classic Program guidelines, the consultants helped establish procedures that added and integrated wildlife conservation, restored and enhanced natural habitats, established water conservation and water quality protection initiatives and thoroughly trained employees in environmental stewardship.
Some of the direct initiatives installed at the course include:
- State-of-the-art irrigation and drainage systems that re-use rainwater and maximize water management efficiency
- Enhanced native grass areas, waste bunkers and water features that reduce the maintenance footprint
- Increased lake area and creation of a re-circulating stream system that supports wildlife and water quality
- A new Natural Resource Management Center featuring state-of-the-art biodegradable treatment of rinse water
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit environmental education
organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring
millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain
the land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources around them.
By helping people make sound environmental decisions and take environmentally responsible actions, Audubon International seeks to foster more sustainable human and natural communities. The organization works with more than 3,000 properties and communities in 27 different countries.
About Audubon Environmental
Audubon Environmental is a world leader in sustaining healthy native ecosystems and smart, efficient natural resource use. The firm’s scientists and sustainability experts work as partners with land owners and managers, developers and governments to protect and restore the natural environment within the context of plans for human use.
Since 1995, Audubon Environmental has partnered with more than 200 projects throughout the United States and in countries worldwide. The firm’s work has been recognized with numerous third-party certifications, awards and accolades.