Three Trails Reserve
After earning the Wild Habitat Council's Wildlife at Work conservation certification for our Three Trails Reserve in Utah in 2013, we have continued efforts to restore and enhance wildlife habitat at the Reserve. After recertifying the Reserve in 2017, we continued to advance removal of invasive plants like the Russian olive and tamarisk from dams, spillways and water ditches—increasing existing waterway connectivity and enhancing waterfowl habitat hydrology. Wildlife monitoring efforts, including biweekly surveys of bat boxes and osprey nests, were continued, with osprey hatchlings observed for the second year in a row. Vehicle traffic also has been reduced by restricting access to back roads.
In 2017, Newfield supported an Eagle Scout project on the Reserve with installation of 14 waterfowl nesting tubes. The nests are expected to provide habitat for mallard, canvasback and pintail ducks, and were strategically installed based on suitable habitat and pond water levels. The project reinforces our conservation vision for Three Trails Reserves while also offering an opportunity for community involvement.
Future plans for the reserve include establishing additional plant growth to attract native pollinator colonies which can contribute to overall environmental improvements, enhanced ecosystem functioning and plant biodiversity.