Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster is nestled within the rolling viewsheds of the Somerset Hills. This area has been designated by the State of New Jersey as having the highest level of environmental assets. It is called Planning Area 5. No other area throughout New Jersey has a higher environmental ranking. The Trump Organization's vision and respect for the natural beauty of Bedminster inspired the stewardship of the largest habitat dedicated to the protection of endangered and threatened grassland birds in New Jersey.
The legacy of environmental protection was not achieved by laws or zoning restrictions but through the private initiatives and attention of private land owners. Members and guests can enjoy all of the world class amenities of Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster confident that their experience is in harmony and balance with nature.
NJ Audubon & U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
As a recent member of New Jersey Audubon's Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC), Trump National Golf Club (Trump National), has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and 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.
As part of this endeavor, Trump National has been working diligently over the winter months to remove non-native invasive vegetation from the property to prepare for native vegetation seedings/plantings this spring. By establishing these habitat meadows around the course consisting of native wildflowers and warm-season grasses, as well as planting native trees and shrubs around wetland and other riparian zones on the property, the course’s value to migratory birds and pollinators will be significantly enhanced.
"With careful planning and a clear statement of goals, golf courses can be managed to have a significant positive impact on the quality of habitat for certain wildlife species, as well as enhance the recreational, educational, and aesthetic aspects of these golf courses." said Brian Marsh, Private Lands Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "The landscape at Trump National contains diverse habitats, ranging from ponds to streams, wetlands to grasslands, and woodlands. The variety of habitats provides unique opportunities for wildlife. If traditional wildlife habitat declines through urbanization of natural and agricultural areas the importance of green space such as golf courses as habitat for wildlife, particularly birds increase by necessity."
Numerous bird nesting boxes supplied by USFWS have also been placed throughout the property, with a focus to attract North America's smallest falcon, the American kestrel, (which is also a NJ Threatened species).
"Recently, golf courses have played an important role in the conservation efforts for the Eastern bluebird, tree swallow, purple martin and even osprey." said John Parke, Stewardship Project Director for New Jersey Audubon. "In addition to feeding on insects around the course, several cavity-nesting birds including the American Kestrel, will now have places to nest thanks to the efforts of the Partners." Parke added. "NJ Audubon is very excited that Trump National is recognizing that to maximize the potential of this project towards improving bird populations in the region, embracing some new philosophies for golf course management for habitat has ecological benefits that extend beyond the course boundaries. Thereby enhancing, and in some cases restoring, habitat at the property and accentuating the natural diversity and beauty of the site, this project can provide aesthetic, as well as educational and environmental benefits to members, staff, and the surrounding community alike."