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Osprey Meadows Achieves Audubon Certification


Officials with Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, Idaho, have announced that Osprey Meadows Golf Course has achieved complete certification from Audubon International as a Cooperative Sanctuary. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Osprey Meadows has completed the six stages required to reach Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) certification. These include:

* Site Assessment and Environmental Plan;
* Water Conservation;
* Outreach and Education;
* Wildlife Habitat Management;
* Water Quality Management; and
* Chemical Use Reduction & Safety

"We are extremely pleased to receive complete certification from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program," says Director of Golf Tom Altmann. "From Day 1, we have focused on seamlessly integrating Osprey Meadows into this exceptional environment and have not wavered from that mission. Assistant Superintendent Dustin How has been instrumental in Osprey Meadows attaining this status - working diligently with Audubon International on the necessary steps for complete certification."

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary is an education and certification program that helps golf courses and other facilities protect the environment. To achieve the Audubon Sanctuary certification, a golf course must demonstrate that it maintains a high degree of environmental quality in each of the six categories. The ACSP provides information and guidance to help golf courses, businesses and organizations preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources.

"Osprey Meadows has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program," says Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the ACSP. "They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property."

Named the "Best New Public Course $75 and over" for 2006 by Golf Digest, Osprey Meadows is a mountain, meadow, lake design that borders Lake Cascade and offers vistas of the Payette River Mountains. Other accolades include:

* Best New Golf Course - Men's Journal (December 2007)
* No. 2 Course in Idaho (top public-access course) - Golf Digest (May 2007)
* Top 10 New Courses You Can Play - GOLF Magazine (Jan. 2007)
* Top 50 Best New Courses - Golfweek (Oct. 2007)
* America's Top Golf Courses - Zagat Survey 2007/2008 (March 2007)
* Region's Best New Courses - Seattle Metropolitan (April 2007)
* Best of the Best Honoree - Robb Report (June 2007)

The Lake Wing, Tamarack Resort's newest residential addition, features eco-friendly initiatives as well. These include: reduced water use, preserving natural open space, diverting more than 50 percent of construction waste from landfills, sourcing local materials and ensuring healthy indoor air quality, thermal comfort and high-efficiency energy performance while providing daylight and views from 90 percent of spaces.

In addition to golf, Tamarack Resort offers fine dining, the Santé Spa, guided whitewater rafting, Zip-line tours and IMBA-designed biking trails, 42 ski runs, rolling kilometers of Nordic and snowshoeing, a 450-foot long and a 22-foot-high Super Pipe - Hells Canyon.

For more information about Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort, call 877/747-5676 or visit www.tamarackidaho.com.