Salish Cliffs becomes the first ‘Salmon Safe’ course in world

Updated: July 3, 2012

Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Wash., has become the first “Salmon-Safe”-certified golf course in the world. The certification came after the course successfully passed an exhaustive assessment verifying the Squaxin Island Tribe’s commitment to protecting native habitat, managing water runoff, reducing pesticides, and advancing environmental practices throughout the region.

The Salmon-Safe Golf Course Certification Program is an offshoot of the popular Northwest eco-label for agricultural and vineyard practices, administered in Washington by the Seattle-based non-profit Stewardship Partners. The program looks at site-development practices to protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and overall watershed health based on a detailed set of peer-reviewed guidelines.

A highly technical and efficient water treatment system that generates Class A reuse water from Little Creek Casino Resort is typical of the detail and effort the Squaxin Island Tribe employed to earn Salmon-Safe certification at Salish Cliffs.