Final Compatibility Determinations Available Now

Final signed Compatibility Determinations (CDs) which evaluate various uses of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are available now.


 Below are the Final Signed Compatibility Determinations for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge:

Commercial Fishing CD (including mussel and turtle harvest)

Commercial Fishing Floats CD 

Commercial Fishing Floats CD Conditions and Standards 

Commercially Guided Wildlife/Wildlands Observation 

Commercially Guided Wildlife/Wildlands Observation Program Requirements    

 
 

Trapping of Furbearers 

 

These CDs are for non-commercial uses of the Refuge:

Archeological Investigations and Surveys 

 Beach-related Day Uses (swimming, sunbathing, picknicking, and other)

Boating with Motor-driven Watercraft 

Camping (including hammocking)  

Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling

Dog Exercising and Training 

 Fruits of the Soil Harvest (e.g. berry and mushroom picking, antler collection)

Grazing 

Inventory, Monitoring, and Research by Third Parties

  Haying 

 Sediment Removal

 Special Events, Non-Refuge Sponsored

 Temporary Work Outside Existing Rights-Of-Way 

 Tree Cutting for Habitat Management and Safety Purposes

 Vehicular Recreational Transport (all-terrain and utility-task vehicles, bicycles, and snowmobiles)

 Winter Silent Sports (ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and back country skiing)

 

In accordance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, prior to allowing a new or continuing public use or activity on the Refuge, the FWS must determine if the use is compatible with Refuge purposes. These CDs are also available at the Refuge Headquarters, 51 East 4th Street, Winona, MN 

The purposes for establishing, acquiring, and managing the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is “as a refuge and breeding place for migratory birds included in the terms of the convention between the United States and Great Britain for the protection of migratory birds, concluded August 16, 1916, and (b) to such extent as the Secretary of the Interior by regulations, prescribe, as a refuge and breeding place for other wild birds, game animals, fur-bearing animals, and for the conservation of wild flowers and aquatic plants, and (c) to such extent as the Secretary of the Interior may, by regulations, prescribe a refuge and breeding place for fish and other aquatic animal life.”