Division of Conservation Planning
Midwest Region

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation PlanCover of the Minnesota Valley NWR CCP

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed
Minnesota Valley NWR and Wetland Management District
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Where We Are in the Planning Process

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Completed

In September 2004, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the completion of the comprehensive conservation plan, or CCP, for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District.

The CCP is intended to outline how the Refuge will fufill its legal purposes and contribute to the National Wildlife Refuge System's wildlife, habitat and public use goals. The plan articulates management goals for the next 15 years and specifies the objectives and strategies needed to accomplish these goals. While the planned future condition is long-term, we anticipate that the plan will be updated every 5 to 10 years based on information gained through monitoring habitat and wildlife as well as recreational usage.

Minnesota Valley NWR and Wetland Management District

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1976 through the efforts of a group of citizens seeking to preserve the river valley along the Minnesota River. Now part of a 34-mile corridor of land and water that stretches from Fort Snelling to Jordan, Minnesota, the Refuge totals over 12,000 acres in eight units. Aptly described as an "urban refuge," the Visitor Center is located one mile east of the Mall of America in Bloomington. Approximately 5,000 acres are protected as Waterfowl Production Areas and easements through Refuge management of a 14-county Wetland Management District that heads south from the Twin Cities to Owatonna and Mankato. Bird watching is popular on the Refuge, especially when annual migrations funnel hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors through the valley. Wetland, grassland and oak savanna habitat are preserved and restored through water level management, grassland management, exotic species control, and water quality monitoring.

Request a Copy

The CCP is available in a variety of formats. It is available as a portable document format (.pdf) through this website; it is available as a pdf on CD-ROM; and in October 2004 paper copies will be available. Both paper copies and CD-ROMs will be available in libraries in communities surrounding the Refuge. To request a copy, call the Refuge at 952/858-0701or write to the Refuge at:
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425

Where Are We in the Planning Process?

These are the steps that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service follows in comprehensive conservation planning; the step that Minnesota Valley NWR has reached is highlighted:

  1. Preplanning: Plan the Plan
  2. Initiate Public Involvement and Scoping
  3. Review Vision Statement and Goals and Determine Significant Issues
  4. Develop and Analyze Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
  5. Prepare a Draft CCP and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Document
  6. Prepare and Adopt Final CCP
  7. Implement Plan, Monitor and Evaluate
  8. Review and Revise the Plan
Last updated: January 13, 2011
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