Oak Savanna Grassland at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1976 to provide habitat for a large number of migratory waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife species threatened by commercial and industrial development.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Refuge Staff Working Together on Conservation Planning

    Refuge conservation plans are called “Comprehensive Conservation Plans” (CCP).  The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the refuge for the next 15 years.  The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP.  The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

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

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act


    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997:  The National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP.  The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained.  Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission.  The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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