The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and protection of our natural and cultural resources. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge works with multiple partners throughout the Minnesota River Valley.
The Refuge works with three Friends Groups; Refuge Friends, Inc., Friends of the Minnesota Valley, and Hederson Feathers Refuge Friends, that provide support through outreach, bookstore operations, interpretive programming, and habitat management.
Refuge lands gradually increase through a unique partnership with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. The Minnesota Valley Trust is acquiring new lands, which will be donated to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and managed by Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. For more information on the Minnesota Valley Trust, please visit their website.
The Refuge also has a unique partnership with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association where one of their biologists is based out of our Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center. Matt Stasica does wetland and prairie restorations throughout our Wetland Management District. For more information, check out his Biologist Blog!