Resource Management

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge staff conduct prescribed burn at Rapids Lake Unit

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge contains a variety of habitats that are actively managed to benefit the many wildlife species that use them. Management activities along the Minnesota River Valley include restoring habitat through biological control, prescribed burning, water control structures, hydroaxing, invasive plant removal, integrated pest management, seeding, planting, encouraging natural regeneration, and working cooperatively with neighboring cities, land management agencies, and organizations. Through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, refuge staff work with private landowners and form effective partnerships to restore and/or enhance wildlife habitat within a 14-county working area.

Fire Management

Refuge lands evolved with fire and continue to depend on periodic burns to remain productive wildlife habitat. Prescribed fire is one of several tools Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge uses to restore prairies and oak savannas and reduce the risk of wildfires near populated areas. Learn more about prescribed fire by clicking this link.


Current Resource Management Projects on the Refuge


Trapping Occurs on this Refuge 

 Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Learn more about trapping on National Wildlife Refuges.