Our Mission

  • The Mississippi River Connections Collaborative

    Mississippi River Connections Collaborative (MRCC) represents a new prototype for river-long resource restoration and protection that relies on a network approach to amplify the depth and reach of individual parks, trails, and refuges in aggregate and to monitor the relationship of human populations to these resources. This newly emerging collaborative is an informal network of local, state and federal refuge, park, and trail managers, alongside non-profit organizations that are committed to connecting people to the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River Connections Collaborative seeks to provide people with physical and thematic connections to the river, thereby tapping unrealized potential to restore and protect this nationally significant resource.

    In 2010, a formal Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Midwest and Southeast Regions of the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). Mississippi River Trail, Inc. (MRT), a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leader in connecting people and communities with the river is the lead private partner. In 2014 the Mississippi River Parkway Commission became a signatory on the MOU. Although not a current signatory of the MOU, US Army Corps of Engineers staff along the Mississippi River has been actively involved in the development and sponsored activities of MRCC.

    Our Mission

    The mission of the Mississippi River Collaborative is to promote the magnificence and diversity of the Mississippi River as a national treasured landscape. This joint effort will work to increase recognition of America’s Great River, enhance the existing resources, acquire funding for conservation and development, and ensure that all Americans can enjoy these assets in the future.

    Areas of Focus

    Mississippi River Connections Collaborative and other partners actively work in partnership with local, state and federal partners in five primary thematic subject areas.

      History, Culture & Lore
      Education & Stewardship
      Conservation & Partnerships
      Improvement of Parks and Refuges
      River Access and Recreation