ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford golf course is being recognized for its environmental excellence.
According to a press release from the Rockford Park District, Sinnissippi Golf Course has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sancturary Program for Golf Courses.
Through this recognition, course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environmental management program and are recognized for it. To reach certification, Sinnissippi demonstrated it is maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.
"Receiving this recognition means Sinnissippi Golf Course is one of 49 courses in Illinois and 904 courses in the world to receive the honor," said Nancy Kauzlarich, manager of Sinnissippi Golf Course.
The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2011.
This year for the recertification process that takes place every two years, a local community representative is required to visit. A local master naturalist from the University of Illinois was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International.