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IRVING, Texas (April 1, 2012) - Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Rusty Wilson, Golf Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Four Seasons Resort and Club is the 27th course in Texas and the 972nd in the world to receive the honor.
"Four Seasons Resort and Club 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 Joellen Lampman, Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs Director.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Lampman. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
The award-winning Resort launched the initiative with the support of is private club members last spring when it undertook a plan to meet the exacting environmental criteria of the certification application, says Paul Earnest, Four Seasons Director of Golf. "During that period we were not only able to incorporate the operational practices, but we were able to reach out to the community through educational initiatives at the J. Eric Johnson Community School. The students there helped us install more than 30 birdhouses on the TPC Four Seasons golf course to foster bird nesting. We are extremely proud of Rusty and the entire Golf Operations staff for accomplishing this milestone in our Resort's golf history."
This environmental recognition is particularly relevant as the property is host site of the annual HP Byron Nelson Championship, a PGA TOUR event and the largest golf event in Texas. It is held annually in the spring and attracts professional golfers from around the world who compete for the trophy and recognition that honors the memory of golf legend Byron Nelson.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.
About Audubon International:
For more information on golf and the environment, visit golfandenvironment.org/. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, e-mail them via the Internet at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at auduboninternational.org/.
About Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas:
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is a 400-acre resort property conveniently located in Irving in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area and just minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field regional airport. It features a 431 room hotel with golf villas, two championship 18-hole golf courses, 34,000 square feet of meeting space, expansive recreational facilities including indoor and outdoor tennis, jogging tracks, racquetball, fitness center, restaurants, four swimming pools and child care center. It is also home to The Sports Club, a private club inviting memberships for those interested in fitness, tennis and golf. For more information, visit us online at fourseasons.com/dallas and thesportsclubfourseasons.com.