DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIF.—The Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley National Park has received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), a program administered by Audubon International. The ACSS helps landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their properties.
“The Furnace Creek Golf Course is home to a variety of wildlife, and we believe it is our responsibility to maximize our ability to coexist with the wildlife and help preserve the natural environment,” says Chris Bessette, superintendent of the Furnace Creek Golf Course for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort.
In spite of its name, Death Valley is home to more than 1,000 plant species and 51 species of native mammals, 307 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians and five species and one subspecies of native fishes.
Furnace Creek staff members are involved in projects that will enhance wildlife habitat and preserve natural resources such as placing nesting boxes for cavity-nesting birds, utilizing integrated pest management techniques, conserving water and maintaining food and cover for wildlife.
This approach to golf course management supports Xanterra’s commitment to environmental sustainability in all of its operations. At 214 feet below sea level, the 18-hole Furnace Creek Golf Course is the lowest in the world. Originally opened in 1931, the course underwent a major renovation in 1997 under the direction of world-renowned golf course architect Perry Dye. The course features small greens, and strategically placed Palm and Tamarisk trees and water on nine holes.
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