beaver Courtesy of Scott W. Sharkey

The Minnesota Valley Trust works exclusively with landowners who wish to sell or donate their land to become part of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District.

The Minnesota Valley Trust is charged with acquiring at least 4,090 acres of land to expand the Minnesota Valley Refuge. The Trust works only with landowners who are willing to sell their land to be managed in perpetuity as part of the Refuge.

The priority expansion areas are located in the valley of the Minnesota River, between Chaska and St. Peter, Minnesota.

The Trust also acquires land outside the river valley, but within the Minnesota River Watershed, as Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA). Up to 2,000 of the 4,090 acre obligation can be WPA lands.

After acquisition and habitat restoration, all lands are donated to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They will be managed forever as public land to the benefit of wildlife and people.

See maps of the Priority Expansion Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas.

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