Great White Egret Courtesy of Scott W. Sharkey

The Minnesota Valley Trust mitigates the impact of thousands of flights sent over the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. - commonly called the Minnesota Valley Trust - is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. The Trust was created through a settlement agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission to "mitigate the impact on the Refuge of the north-south runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport."

The new north-south runway sends thousands of flights every month, both inbound and outbound, over The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Those flights impact wildlife and the public's use and enjoyment of the Refuge near the airport. For that reason, the settlement was reached to mitigate the impacts of the runway on the Refuge.

The settlement created the nonprofit corporation, the Minnesota Valley Trust, and named five "supporting organizations," each of which appoints one of the five members of the Trust's board of directors. A one-time payment of $26.09 million was made to the Minnesota Valley Trust, which manages the funds and is responsible for meeting specific obligations, as detailed in the Refuge Mitigation Plan.

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