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Kingsbrae Garden has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden Inc. is the first property in New Brunswick, and the 49th worldwide, to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Business and Corporate Properties.
"Kingsbrae Garden has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their property," said Jeremy Taylor, staff ecologist for the ACSS. "By taking action to implement indoor and outdoor conservation projects, the management and staff at Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden have demonstrated their commitment to the sustainable management of their natural resources."
Assistant Manager at Kingsbrae Garden, Bob McClaren, said, "Over the past three years, I've learned a great deal more about preserving nature, wildlife and the environment. There is a lot of information to be had; we each just have to take a few minutes to look for it. Once found, the process of putting that knowledge to use is that much more fulfilling.
"This achievement just goes to show that any group, large or small, can make a difference. Every advance that we make contributes to the conservation of biological diversity, at a time when the rates of species extinction and habitat loss are at an unprecedented high. As the old saying goes... every little bit helps!
"Over the spring and early summer, at least 65 species of birds have been sighted at Kingsbrae Garden. Some are merely stopping by on their migration path, while others make their home in the 27 acres of diverse flora of our national award winning public garden. This speaks to the success of our efforts in implementing ecologically sound practices while creating an attraction for tens of thousands of people to enjoy each year."
To achieve certification, a business must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in five areas. These categories include Environmental Planning, Wildlife Habitat Management, Resource Conservation, Waste Management and Outreach and Education.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs provide information and guidance to help businesses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Businesses, schools, golf courses and backyards from the United States, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.
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