Little River Inn Golf & Tennis Recognized for Environmental Excellence


LITTLE RIVER, CA – Little River Inn Golf and Tennis has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Participation is designed 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 they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“Little River Inn Golf and Tennis 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 Doug Bechtel, Executive Director of Audubon International.

Little River Inn Golf and Tennis is one of 71 courses in California and 906 courses in the world to receive the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2005. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every two years.

This year the recertification process, coordinated by Terry Stratton, Golf Course Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Alison Cebula, a biologist with California State Parks, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International. “The Little River Inn and Golf Course should be commended for their participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program,” Cebula reported. “They are taking an active role in the stewardship of their property and working to reduce environmental impacts. More businesses should follow their lead,” she said.

“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Bechtel. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”