The Newton Country Club has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the New Jersey Audubon (NJA) to partake in a habitat restoration project on their Bedminster, Somerset County, NJ facility. Through the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, Trump National, NJA and the USFWS, will be restoring natural wildlife communities, that will create important habitat for migratory birds as well as for various pollinator species.
"The Newton Country Club site represents a large tract of open space with a mix of early successional grasslands, scrub-shrub and edge habitat. Foraging and nesting habitat are available on the course to a variety of migratory birds, including bobolink, savannah sparrow, purple martin, eastern bluebird, and eastern kingbird." said Brian Marsh, Private Lands Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "The USFWS commends Trump National's interest in creating and restoring wildlife habitat on their property."
After invasive vegetation controls are completed the next phase of the project will be to enhance the course’s value to migratory birds and pollinators by establishing meadows consisting of native wildflowers, warm-season grasses, as well as planting native trees and shrubs around wetland and other riparian zones on the course. Bird nesting boxes will also be placed throughout the property, with a focus to attract North America's smallest falcon, the American kestrel. The large open expanses at the property, offer excellent foraging areas for this raptor species (which was recently designated a State Threatened species).
"The Newton Country Club is demonstrating an outstanding commitment to sustaining native wildlife populations." said Eric Stiles, President for New Jersey Audubon. "They are solidifying a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding community to foster environmental awareness and a conservation ethic while enhancing wildlife and natural systems in New Jersey."