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Audobon Int’l recognizes environmental efforts at Stonewall Resort

WESTON, W.Va. – Audubon International recently announced that Stonewall Resort’s Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course has retained its Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Certification.

Jason Hollen, golf course superintendent at Stonewall Resort said, “We take environmental stewardship very seriously at Stonewall Resort, and we’re honored that Audubon International recognizes our commitment and has recertified our designation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.”

Hollen said there is a lot that goes into being certified and the Palmer Course has been an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program designee since 2006. There are less than 1,000 courses in the world with the designation.

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

Tara Pepperman, director of cooperative sanctuary programs at Audubon International, said, “Stonewall has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program.  They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property”.

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

For additional information, contact Jason Hollen at (304) 269-8885 or visit

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