Laws and Regulations

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 under the general authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 1929 (16 U.S.C. 715d). That act states that lands may be acquired “…for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” The term “inviolate sanctuary”, as interpreted by the agency, means that the refuge will be managed to promote the health and well-being of migratory birds and their habitats. Other activities may also be accommodated, provided they are compatible with the refuge purpose (as per Service Compatibility Policy, Federal Register 65 (202): 62484-62496).

Refuge Rules & Policies

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits may be issued for research, wood cutting, trapping, commercial filming and other activities on the refuge that are compatible with current wildlife management plans and which help meet certain objectives.

Commercial still photography does not require a Special Use Permit. For commercial still photography regulations, reference the Rules and Regulations page. Contact refuge headquarters for more information at 763-389-3323.