Training News from BWSR

Train Tracks NEW

In this issue:


MN Wetland Professional Certification Program


The Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program is ready to offer classes beginning this month! Check out the 2021 Training Course Schedule.



GNSS Training


A webinar training on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS, aka GPS101), surveying, and data collector features was held in June.  For more information about this training and to view past training recordings, visit our Online Learning page.


Dam Safety


Attention staff and organizations that are involved in funding, construction, or maintenance of dams.  The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has several free videos that explain concepts related to inspections, maintenance, and dam functions.  Even if you’re not in charge of inspecting Hoover Dam, the videos are well done and relatively quick to watch (~10 minutes).


Go to the section for Dam Owner Education Video Series: Resources for Dam Owners and Operators | Association of State Dam Safety


Contact Elizabeth Oolman, NRCS State H&H Engineer or one of the BWSR Training Engineers with questions.


Two Minute Training

Start with “Why” to be Successful


In the book, “Start With Why,” author Simon Sinek shares that starting with the “why” you are doing something rather than the “what” you are doing is important to be successful in your endeavors. Having a bold goal is not enough if you do not have a clear sense of why you are doing something. Knowing the why is important for many reasons, including:


  • Being able to articulate the why to others is foundational to inspiring others in the project you are working on
  • You are less likely to give up after an initial failure because you understand the higher cause and continue on


Take a few minutes to reflect on projects you are working on to see if you can articulate the why. If not, take time to identify the why so you can inspire and motivate others to support the project!

Start With Why by Simon Sinek Bookcover

Technical Training & Certification Program Updates

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New Training Available: Agronomy Tech Note #31


Agronomy Technical Note #31 (ATN 31) is used as a guide for the establishment of native and introduced plantings of herbaceous vegetation for the following practices:


  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Contour Buffer Strips (332)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Filter Strip (393)
  • Forage and Biomass Planting (512)
  • Cross Wind Trap Strips (598C)
  • Restoration of Rare or Declining Natural Communities (643)
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)
  • Wetland Restoration (657)


This course, consisting of four modules, provides an overview of ATN 31, explains site preparation and seeding methods, and covers planning considerations for the applicable practices. The fourth module provides instructions on the use of the Seed Calculator tool for developing seed plans and completing checkouts after plantings are completed. This training is located on the MNC3 website. More information about the MNC3 website, including how to create an account, can be found on the Core Competency page.


Upcoming Training Events

BWSR Sponsored Training Events



Oct 26-28


2021 BWSR Academy - Cragun's, Brainerd area


Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program

Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program


MWPCP 2021 Training Course Schedule


July 22 Regulation and Delineation Regional Training, Rochester
July 28

Regulation and Delineation Regional Training, Alexandria

Aug 26 Wetland Delineation Refresher Course, Maple Lake
Sept 13-17

Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class, Brainerd

Sept 20-24

Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class, Brainerd





Oct 4-8

Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class, Arden Hills


Technical Training & Certification Program Trainings


Tech Talk Webinars:  Mondays at 1:00 pm

July 19 Roof Runoff Structure (CPS 558): Gutters
July 26 Environmental Markets 101
August 2 Windbreak Fundamentals (CPS380)
August 9 Managing GIS Layers
August 16 Windbreak Planning Considerations (CPS380)
August 23 Livestock Pipeline Project Example


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


Related Partner Training Opportunities




July 20

EQIP and CRP Pollinator Plot Establishment, Houston, Pheasants Forever

July 20

Navigating Carbon Markets, Online, American Society of Agronomy

July 21

Better Buffers...From Dirt to Butterflies, St. Joseph, Minnesota Erosion Control Association

July 27

Measuring and Improving Soil Health, Online, American Society of Agronomy





Aug 3

Utilizing 4R Nutrient Management Best Practices, Online, American Society of Agronomy

Aug 3 & 4

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

Aug 10

Riparian Forest Buffer Webinar Series, Session 2 of 3, Online, USDA National Agroforestry Center

Aug 10

Managing Scarce Water Resources, Online, American Society of Agronomy

Aug 11

Grazing on Conservation Lands, Forest City and Hutchinson, Pheasants Forever

Aug 16-20

The Fundamentals of River Science: Applied Geomorphology & Ecology, Fergus Falls, MN DNR

Aug 17

Wetland Restoration Review and Grazing, Marshall, Pheasants Forever

Aug 17

Protecting Pollinators and Managing Their Habitats, Online, American Society of Agronomy

Aug 19

As-Planted Seed Mix Differences, Hutchinson, Pheasants Forever

Aug 24

Growing a Regenerative Crop Production System, Online, American Society of Agronomy





Sept 14

Diverse Food Plot Planting and Maintenance, Dassel and Forest City, Pheasants Forever

Sept 14

Riparian Forest Buffer Webinar Series, Session 3 of 3, Online, American Society of Agronomy

Sept 20-24

Restoring River Ecosystems: Design & Application, Fergus Falls, MN DNR





Dec 1-4

MAWD Annual Conference "Save the Date," Alexandria



Extended Training Opportunities
Through October 22

Silvopasture Workshops and Field Days, Sustainable Farming Association

Through December 31

MinnFARM, Self-Paced Online Training, UMN Extension


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 &