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We define training as systematic acquisition of skills, rules, knowledge, or attitudes that results in improved performance. BWSR recognizes the value in connecting learning to performance and the need to ensure trainings are implemented with high-quality efficiencies connected to on-the-ground results.

Upcoming Training

Technical Training and Certification Program - RUSLE2

The Technical Training and Certification program will kick off with RUSLE2 training this spring and summer.  Training will be provided by NRCS Area Resource Conservationists at Area offices. Please note that dates are being finalized for the Fergus Falls training. Due to space constraints and a desire for low student-to-instructor ratios, trainings will be capped at 10 to 16 participants, depending on location. Registration for the alternate training date will open when the first training fills to capacity.

Area 1* – Thief River Falls
Area 2 – Fergus Falls
Area 3 – Duluth - Registration Closed
Date: June 22nd

Date: To be determined.

Date: May 11th
Time: 9 AM – 3 PM   Time: 9 AM – 3 PM
Capacity: 16   Capacity: 12

Alternate Date: June 23rd

* The Area 1 training will include a half day training on WEPS.

  Alternate Date: May 24th
Area 4 – Brooklyn Center - Registration Closed
Area 5 – Marshall
Area 6 – Rochester
Date: May 10th Date: June 8 Date: June 7th OR June 14th
Time: 9:15am – 2:45pm Time: 9am – 3pm Time: 9am – 3pm
Capacity: 16 Capacity: 12 Capacity: 10

Requirements: Please bring a laptop with the RUSLE2 program installed and necessary databases loaded.  Detailed instructions on software and database installation will be sent via email prior to the training.

Click Here to REGISTER - Note: Registration for each session will close two weeks prior to the session.

If questions, please contact Megan Lennon, Technical Training & Certification Coordinator, at 651-262-6044 or

BWSR Academy

To learn more about the BWSR Academy or access archived Academy materials, please visit the BWSR Academy page.

eLINK Related Training

Please visit our eLINK page for training and guidance materials.

Webinar Recordings and Training Modules

Hydrologic Soils Group (HSG) Knowledge Matrix Training Module:

A 34 minute training module explaining how to enter information into the HSG matrix to generate a hydrologic soil group classification for use in storm water feature design as well as the MIDS calculator.

Milk House Wastewater Improvement Estimator Webinar Recording and Training Module

Ag Wetland Banking & Exemption Webinar Recording and Webinar PowerPoint Presentation

Monitoring WRP Easements 2013

Webinar Recording

Webinar PowerPoint Presentations

Soil Health and Sustainability for Minnesota Webinars

Wetland Banking Easement Program

Training Assessment and Outcomes

Learn on your Own


Peer-to-Peer Learning

Find out “What’s Working” for conservation professionals from around Minnesota.  The “What’s Working” section of our website has been compiled through contributions from professionals, research efforts, field trials, and reporting through BWSR grant programs. The information summarizes results from conservation projects with a focus on plant community establishment and management.



RIM CWF Wellhead and RIM CWF/LSOHC Buffer Programs

The web training walks you through program information as well as instructions on how to use the tools and forms needed to complete your application. You may download an archived version of the training below.


Ecological Ranking Tool

Ecological Ranking Tool Training Materials

Includes links to download the data sets and web map application, detailed description of each data layer, the informative webinar and Power Point, the hands-on technical training materials, and information about other targeting tools.


Wetland Guidance

Training Archives

Download presentations and handouts from past training sessions

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