This week’s On the Radio segment covers the Audubon certification received by the Lake Rathbun Golf Course. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
The Preserve on Lake Rathbun golf course at Honey Creek Resort State Park was designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its efforts to reduce its impact on the environment.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
To acquire the designation, the golf course had to improve habitat, reduce chemical use, and improve water quality.
Over the last four years, the Preserve has added areas of native grasses and buffer strips. To attract birds, 15 nest boxes were installed around the course with plans for more. Brush piles were added to create habitat for small animals.
The grounds crew has reduced its use of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. It uses practices such as aerification to reduce the need for fertilizers. When chemical use is necessary, applications are used in small doses in concentrated areas to reduce runoff.
Congratulations to Rathbun Lake golf course for your environmentally friendly actions!
To learn more about environmental action, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.