In January 2009, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an international program administered by Audubon International and designed to help golf course owners to enhance the environmental quality of their property.
That recognition validated six years of work at Cranberry Highlands led by Golf Course Superintendent David Barber. The Audubon program offered advice which helped guide Barber in developing an effective conservation and wildlife enhancement program.
That program encompassed the entire golf course. Projects included placing nesting boxes for certain bird species, environmentally sensitive pest-management techniques, water quality management and conservation, maintaining food and protective cover for wildlife, reducing the use of chemicals, educational outreach, and more.
As a result of that work, Cranberry Highlands maintains a balanced environment in which golfers and wildlife live and play in harmony. Insect control, for example, is accomplished by providing homes to birds for whom insects are a diet staple. A growing variety of owls, butterflies, bats, hawks, deer, amphibians, fish and small animals now live in a natural ecosystem where wildlife thrives and golfers flourish.