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Conservation Landscapes and Native Plants

Private landowners are responsible for the use and management of over two-thirds of our nation's land, including some of the most important fish cla3and wildlife habitat in the United States. Farmers, homeowners and business owners of many types can voluntarily participate in conservation programs that will save natural resources, as well as their own financial resources. Conservation Landscapes for America is a grassroots project of the International Sustainability Council & Audubon Lifestyles (ISC-Audubon) that is aimed at working with people where they live, work and play to maximize personal, landowner benefits as well as to benefit wildlife and the environment through their landscapes.

You can get started right in your own home or business landscape.

ISC-Audubon believes that helping people to become more connected with nature and natural resources is critical to environmental improvement. Communities, homeowners and successful businesses are realizing that proper landscape management is not only good for business, but can also dramatically add value to the overall property. Entire communities are now publically recognizing conservation landscape management as a critical piece regarding their efforts to promote their communities as special places to live, work and play.

It is in that regard that ISC-Audubon has created the Conservation Landscapes for America project. As a not-for-profit organization, we want to do our part to advocate sustainability and sustainable resource management and to publically recognize those individuals, businesses and institutions that take positive and constructive action regarding the practice of conservation landscape management.

Conservation Landscapes for America is aimed at fostering residential, business and municipal landscapes that are resource efficient, economically efficient, science-based, and that provide ways for people to connect with nature right outside of their front doors. You can even create an Audubon Bird Sanctuary in your Neighborhood or Community.

In addition to the efforts being made by ISC-Audubon to create the largest network of privately owned and managed conservation landscapes in America, we are also raising funds and giving grants to create and manage conservation landscapes called Nature Discovery Gardens, which are located at schools, libraries and other not-for-profit locations as our way of providing spaces for people to get “re-connected” with nature.

The efforts of ISC-Audubon is only possible with the financial support of members and contributors. With that support, we are able to keep all of our educational information concerning the practices associated with conservation landscape management available, free of charge via our web site.

We can only continue to provide fee information, such as our Surf for Native Plants online tool with the help of our members and sponsors.  We hope you will JOIN US

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Reserve at Lake Keowee sets the Bar for Sustainability on the Golf Course with Audubon

The Reserve at Lake KeoweeThe Reserve at Lake Keowee, located in Sunset, South Carolina, has recently become a Pilot Member in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee is home to a par-72, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that opened in 2002 and offers five sets of tees extending to 7,112 yards. The topography of the course follows the natural contours of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, sloping gently to the water’s edge and offering wide fairways, well-protected greens and challenging play for all skill levels. Three of the course’s eighteen holes play along Lake Keowee, with two additional holes offering lake views. The Reserve’s generously sized practice facilities include a short game area, putting green, and a double-ended driving range with mobile shade canopy.

The Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program was created and continues to be modified through a collaborative process from experts in golf facility management, wildlife management, conservation and sustainability. Among others, this includes advisors presently or formerly employed by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the Professional Golf Association (PGA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and various Universities, Colleges and businesses nationwide. In addition, participation by pilot members like The Reserve at Lake Keowee provides real-world insight used to further refine the program, making it the most comprehensive program to measure sustainability on golf courses.

Through participation in the Sustainable Golf Facility Program, Audubon Lifestyles staff is available to assist the golf facility’s managers and staff to complete the program requirements and gain recognition as a local, regional, national and international model of sustainability.

R. Eric Dodson, CEO and Executive Director for Audubon Lifestyles said, “We are excited to welcome the Reserve at Lake Keowee into the Sustainable Golf Facility Program. By participating as a Pilot Member, The Reserve has set itself on a path to lead by example, and their commitment and efforts toward sustainable golf course management should be commended.”

“Our commitment to becoming certified as a sustainable golf course is one we feel is not only important but reflective of our community’s overall efforts to conserve and protect the natural beauty that surrounds us,” stated Sam Crowe, golf course superintendent at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

Once a facility meets all of the requirements of the Sustainable Golf Facility Program which includes adopting a Sustainability Charter, and completion of the Sustainability Audit, Audubon Lifestyles will designate the facility as an Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility and develop an Improvement & Implementation Report specific to the facility. In addition, based upon an evaluation process and the Sustainability Audit the facility may be awarded between one and five stars, and earn the right to use the International Sustainability Council’s Seal of Sustainability.

About The Reserve at Lake Keowee

With a membership of more than 600 families from 30 different states, The Reserve at Lake
Keowee is a lake, mountain and golf community stretching across 3,900 acres including 30 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee and 1,400 acres of green space. Created by Greenwood Communities and Resorts, The Reserve offers more than $100 million in completed,  family friendly amenities, including a 200-slip Marina, Village Center complete with Guest House and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and more than 1,400 acres of parks, preserves, trails and green space. Home sites at The Reserve begin in the $100,000s.

To learn more, visit, read the community blog at, or call
(877) 922–LAKE (5253).



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Sustainability Campaign


The Royal Society of Biological Sciences

National Geographic

Double Oaks

Global Stewards

United States Department of Energy

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)


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Sponsors are a critically important part to the success of ISC-Audubon. As a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating sustainability, we offer all of our programs to our members free of charge, and are publicly available for download on our website.

ISC-Audubon is proud to extend the opportunity to select businesses and organizations to become sponsors of our sustainability education and advocacy programs. As a sponsor, your business or organization can realize significant value.

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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