Training News from BWSR

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Registration is now open for the 2021 BWSR Spring Training!


BWSR Spring Training is a new training opportunity to support the success of SWCD, WD, County and other LGU staff in their conservation roles. The event will be offered online via WebEx the morning of March 30th with concurrent sessions offered from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.


Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required. Registration will close March 19th at 4:30 PM. Please visit the BWSR Spring Training page for session information and to access the registration form. Registration for all sessions will be capped to support the ability for engagement and interaction of participants, so if you are interested in attending, be sure to register early.


If you have questions, please contact Barbara Radke at or 507-884-0442. 


Technical Training & Certification Program Updates

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Spring Training Plan


Spring is a busy time in Minnesota, and this year is no exception. To help you plan your upcoming training attendance, we have developed a tentative training plan which projects training opportunities through the end of June.


This training plan is intended to help you plan your schedule in advance and allow time to complete any prerequisites. It is important to note that these training dates and locations are flexible, and subject to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Training Plan: April to June 2021






April 5:  Tech Talk: Nutrient Management Module 13

April 12:  Tech Talk: Waste Facility Closure

April 19:  Tech Talk: Brush Management in Pastures

April 26:  Tech Talk: TBD

Virtual Training: Grassed Waterway Training Videos


May 3: Tech Talk: Native Plant ID

May 4-6, 11-13: Working Effectively with Organic Producers

May 24: Tech Talk: Dendrology 101

May 25: Pasture Condition Scoresheet & Estimating Forage Production Training -  Southeastern MN

May 27: Pasture Condition Scoresheet & Estimating Forage Production Training - Southwestern MN

Virtual Training: Agronomy Technote 31


June 1-4:  Cultural Resources II

Tentatively planned for the week of June 7Grassed Waterway Field Training

June 15: Pasture Condition Scoresheet & Estimating Forage Production Training - Northwestern MN

June 16: Pasture Condition Scoresheet & Estimating Forage Production Training - Northeastern MN

Tentatively planned for the week of June 28Grazing Facilitating Practices Northwest & Southwest MN

Virtual Training: Erosion 101


Once locations, dates, and curriculum are finalized training sessions are added to the Training Calendar.


Upcoming Training Events

BWSR Training


Mar 30 BWSR Spring Training , 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 22 Tree/Shrub Establishment
April 5 Nutrient Management Module 13: Determining UME Recommendations – P and K
April 12 Waste Facility Closure (CPS360)
April 19 Brush Management (CPS314) in Pastures
May 3 Native Plant ID
May 24 Dendrology 101


Mar 16-18 Wetland Restoration, Online, TTCP
July 27-Aug 5 Conservation Planning Course, Online and Field


Related Partner Training Opportunities




Mar 16

Virtual Nitrogen Smart: The 4Rs - Part 3, UMN Extension

Mar 17

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

Mar 18

It’s All About Teamwork, UMN Extension

Mar 18

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

Mar 25

The New MS4 Permit: How to Meet the New Permit Requirements, MECA, Online





Apr 1

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

Apr 1

Planning for Success in Stream Restoration, UMN Extension

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





May 6

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





Aug 3 & 4

Annual Salt Symposium, Fortin Consulting, Inc., Online - Save the Date



Extended Offering

Mar 18


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 &