Natural Resources Management Plan

Golden Valley's Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) will guide decision makers and staff on how to best manage Golden Valley’s natural resources (water, land, vegetation, and wildlife) based on the community’s vision, goals, objectives, and policies. It will help determine what actions could best be taken to help preserve, protect, restore, and enhance our nature areas and open spaces.

Planning Process

Development of the NRMP began in 2012 as the City provided guidance and assistance to University of Minnesota students working on a capstone project titled “Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Golden Valley.” The Environmental Commission made the NRMP the top priority in its 2013 work plan, with the goal of completing it in 2105--just in time for the City to begin work on its 2018 comprehensive plan update.

Plans called for the NRMP to include objectives, policies, and an implementation program identifying specific and achievable projects. Components include::

  • prioritizing areas to preserve or enhance
  • developing management strategies and action plans for specific natural areas, including invasive species management
  • identifying partnerships and grant opportunities to help the City achieve its natural resource objectives
  • identifying opportunities to provide natural resource education and community involvement, including volunteer opportunities

The NRMP included input from a citizen survey that featured questions about nature areas/open spaces visited, level of satisfaction with the quality of these areas, what changes may improve them, and what may be most effective in protecting them.

The survey also determined levels of interest in volunteer opportunities related to maintaining and enhancing Golden Valley’s nature areas and willingness to share your photos of these areas with the City.


Questions about the NRMP can be directed to Eric Eckman, the City’s project manager, at 763-593-8084.