Training News from BWSR

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In this issue:


Save the Date:  BWSR Spring Training


BWSR staff will offer a new training opportunity for LGU staff – BWSR Spring Training – on March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This training is free to attend and will be held online via WebEx. Participants can choose from several concurrent sessions. Keep an eye out for final details about the training schedule via email and in the March edition of Train Tracks.


Two Minute Training

The Wisdom of Teams Book Cover

Working in Teams


Working as part of a team is an essential professional skill, whether that work takes place in or outside the office. “The Wisdom of Teams” by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith, shares elements of good teamwork, including the following.


Good communication, which includes:

  • Constructive listening: Constructive listening includes listening without interrupting the person speaking, avoiding criticism, and giving your undivided attention to the speaker.  
  • Giving the benefit of the doubt to others.


Team norms, which includes:

  • Identifying specific performance goals: Performance goals are the objectives for your work. These are ways to measure if you are making progress. These should be shared with all team members, so everyone is on the same page and understands the purpose of the team.
  • Holding each other mutually accountable for achieving specific performance goals.


Technical Training & Certification Program Updates

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2021 Conservation Planning Course


This year’s conservation planning course will take place beginning in July and will predominantly be held virtually. Final details for this course are still being developed and updates will be provided in the future. In the meantime, we are putting together a list of interested participants. If you are interested in attending the Conservation Planning Course this summer, please register here.


Course attendees are required to be Level I (formerly Apprentice) Conservation Planners before attending, and it is expected that those attending this course will complete the additional requirements to become Level III (formerly Certified) Conservation Planners. The Level I Conservation Planner requirements can be found here. Many of these requirements are self-paced trainings through NRCS’s training system, called AgLearn. If you don’t already have an account AgLearn you can find instructions on requesting access here.


In addition to being a Level I Conservation Planner, all attendees need to complete the Core Competency modules before attending. More information on these trainings can be found below.


If you are interested in taking the Conservation Planning Course but you won’t be able to complete the pre-requisites before July, we are planning to hold this training again in 2022. You can include it as a technical training need in your Individual Development Plan in eLINK, and start working on the pre-requisites now.


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The steps to do this are:

  1. Select the “My Training Needs” tab
  2. Select “Add New Training Request”
  3. Select “Other Certification” dropdown
  4. Type in “Conservation Planning Course: Part 2”
  5. Press “Save”


If you have questions or need further assistance please reach out to us at:


Core Competency Training


As you may recall from past editions, the Core Competency trainings were developed with Minnesota specific information and are designed to provide a foundational knowledge of soil and water conservation to all staff, regardless of position. Since October we have been posting modules for use as they were completed. Today we are excited to announce that module development has been completed, and they are all available for use!


More information, including module titles, links to the site, and instructions on creating accounts and registering for training, can be found on the TTCP’s Core Competency page on BWSR’s website. If you haven’t done so already create an account and check them out today.


Upcoming Training Events

BWSR Training


Mar 30 BWSR Spring Training - “Save the Date,” Virtual, 8:30 AM-noon 
Oct 26-28 2021 BWSR Academy - “Save the Date,” Brainerd area


Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program

Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program



Apr 15 MN Wetland Professional Certification Program Regional Training, Online
Apr 29 MN Wetland Professional Certification Program Regional Training, Online


Technical Training & Certification Program Events


Tech Talk Webinars:  Mondays at 1:00 pm

March 1 HEC-HMS – Modeling a Grade Stabilization Structure
March 8 Minnesota Natural Resource Atlas
March 22 Tree/Shrub Establishment
April 5 Nutrient Management Module 13: Determining UME Recommendations – P and K


Mar 16-18 Wetland Restoration, Online, TTCP


Related Partner Training Opportunities




Feb 16

Nutrient Management Conference, UMN Extension

Feb 17

Winter Soil Health Virtual Series - Small Grains: Herbicides, timing, management, equipment, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition

Feb 17

Strategic Farming Series: Let’s Talk Soil pH, UMN Extension

Feb 22

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: Fundamentals I, UMN Extension

Feb 23

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: Fundamentals II, UMN Extension

Feb 24

Winter Soil Health Virtual Series - Interseeding Covers: Herbicides, species, mixes, timing, method, management, equipment, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition





Mar 1

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: The 4Rs - Part 1, UMN Extension

Mar 2

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: The 4Rs - Part 1, UMN Extension

Mar 4

Building Habitat on Working Landscapes, Xerces Society

Mar 4

Pest Control Toolkit Preservation, American Society of Agronomy

Mar 4

Really…Restoration Records Matter, UMN Extension & DNR

Mar 4-6

Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative Conference, Rural Advantage

Mar 8

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: The 4Rs - Part 2, UMN Extension

Mar 9

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: The 4Rs - Part 2, UMN Extension

Mar 8, 9,

11, & 16

Tile Drainage School, U of WI-Madison Extension, U of IL Extension, and IA State University Extension

Mar 10

Strategic Farming Series: Let’s Talk Corn Insects, UMN Extension

Mar 17

Strategic Farming Series: Let’s Talk Soybean Cyst Nematode, UMN Extension

Mar 18

It’s All About Teamwork, UMN Extension & DNR

Mar 18

Supporting Pollinators on Rangelands in the Great Plains and Western US, Xerces Society





Apr 1

Soil Invertebrates - Getting to Know the Life in Soil, Xerces Society

Apr 1

Planning for Success in Stream Restoration, UMN Extension & DNR

Apr 8

Getting to Know the ‘Good Bugs’ – Scouting for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects, Xerces Society

Apr 8

Pest Management, Agricultural Sustainability, and Consumer Trends, American Society of Agronomy

Apr 15

Rewilding Lakeshores in Minnesota, UMN Extension & DNR





May 6

Supporting Pollinators over Time: How to Maintain Wildflower Diversity, Xerces Society



Extended Offering

Feb 11


Jun 16

Culvert Design for Stream Connectivity and Aquatic Organism Passage, UMN Extension and MNDOT, Self-Paced and Webinar


Learn on Your Own

Not all training takes place in a classroom. Check out the links below to learn at a time and place of your choosing.


We’ve also put together a searchable library of recorded modules, webinars, videos and other resources to help our staff and partners find professional development information on a variety of topics. You can visit BWSR's Online Learning page to find web-based technical training resources sorted by category.





Program Contacts

Barbara Radke   Jon Sellnow David Demmer & Ben Meyer
Training Coordinator   Technical Training and Certification Program Coordinator MN Wetland Professional Certification Program Coordinators
(507) 844-0442   (218) 340-3521 (218) 464-8289 & (612) 201-9806 &