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Resistance to Change


Change is a part of life. In your professional role, you will find yourself asking others to make a change for the good of natural resources and conservation efforts in our state. Knowing why people often resist change can assist you in working with them to adopt a new practice or behavior. Below are reasons that individuals may resist change:


  1. Threat to self-interest
  2. Uncertainty
  3. Lack of confidence that change will succeed
  4. Lack of conviction that change is necessary
  5. Distrust of leadership
  6. Threat to personal values
  7. Fear of being manipulated


Knowing why an individual is resisting change can help you understand how to talk about the change. For example, if someone is feeling a threat to their self-interest, determine if the threat is a real or perceived consequence of the behavior. If it is a real threat to self-interest, is there a way to minimize the threat, other alternatives to consider, or positive outcomes to emphasize that outweigh the threat to self-interest.


Change is often not easy. Understanding resistance to change is a first step. Take that first step!


Training Success Story

BWSR offered a new virtual training opportunity the morning of March 30th called BWSR Spring Training. The event was offered during two morning sessions, with 4 to 5 concurrent trainings in each session. The training covered a wide range of topics including forestry, online meetings, farm economics, Citizen Advisory Committees and the PTMApp. Over 250 people attended the event. BWSR asked participants to participate in a survey after the event, and the responses have been positive 96% percent of survey respondents indicated the sessions were beneficial to supporting their work, and 99% said they would participate in a similar event in the future. Survey comments included “I appreciated the online training sessions and would encourage continuing/expanding their use, regardless of COVID conditions.” Another respondent said online trainings are “more cost efficient and time efficient.” Thank you to BWSR partners for being willing to try this new training opportunity.


Technical Training & Certification Program Updates

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Core Competency Training: The Foundation of Conservation in Minnesota


MNC3 Minnesota Core Competency Conservation Training

The Core Competency training is a collection of self-paced modules intended to provide the foundational knowledge of soil and water conservation in Minnesota. To accomplish this, these modules were all developed with information, examples, history, and other details specific to Minnesota.


The Core Competency training modules were initially released in November 2020, with the remaining modules available starting in February 2021. Since then more than 200 technicians, supervisors, board members, engineers, and academics from SWCDs, NRCS, State Agencies, Universities, and more have created accounts and enrolled in more than 1,000 courses. Read more about Core Competency training in this BWSR Snapshot newsletter article.


Have you created an account yet? If not you can get started here.


Coming Soon, Online EFT Grassed Waterway Training Videos


TTCP staff are creating how-to videos, updating the written workflow documents, and preparing a grassed waterway project site as a training example. Users will be able to learn how to use the Engineering Field Tools – Waterway Design Tool (EFT-WDT) step-by-step at their own pace from setting preferences all the way through printing output reports.


Search for “EFT” on the Online Learning page for this new training series, to be posted the week of April 19th..


Upcoming Training Events

BWSR Sponsored Training Events


Oct 26-28 2021 BWSR Academy - “Save the Date,” Brainerd area


Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program

Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program



Apr 15 MWPCP Virtual Technical Training, Online
Apr 29 MWPCP Virtual Regulation Training, Online


Technical Training & Certification Program Trainings


Tech Talk Webinars:  Mondays at 1:00 pm

April 19 Brush Management (CPS314) in Pastures
April 26 Planning Considerations for Livestock Watering Systems
May 3 Native Plant ID
May 10 Livestock Watering System Design
May 17 Native Plant Communities
May 24 Dendrology 101


May - June  
May 25-June 16

Pasture Condition Scoring and Estimating Forage Production, Multiple Locations

July 27-Aug 5 Conservation Planning Course, Online and Field


Related Partner Training Opportunities




Apr 15

Rewilding Lakeshores in Minnesota, UMN Extension

Apr 29

Sustainable Construction SWPPPs, MECA, Online





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

May 6-19


Jun 3-16

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 &