EmpowerU: Advocating Invasive Species Management

Learn how to engage with decision makers in order to influence management decisions and stop the spread of invasive species.


Wild parsnip in road ditches got you down? Excess buckthorn in the county park a nuisance? Wondering how to take action about the zebra mussel infestation in your lake? Have you ever wanted to engage a resource manager, local decision maker or elected official about invasive species in your community but don’t know how to go about it? If you answer yes to any of these questions this upcoming learning opportunity is for you!

University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a first-in-the-nation program to help woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species. 

At the end of this training you will:

  • Understand the roles and levels of government and who to contact regarding invasive species management.

  • Learn to use skills such as influence, power, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers.

  • Know where to find reputable information on the status of invasive species in your area.

  • Have an engagement plan and experience practicing it in a safe, peer-learning environment.

  • See yourself as a resource to decision makers on invasive species management.

  • View engagement with decision makers as a norm and encourage others to do it.

  • Network with other people passionate to make a difference around invasive species.

Most importantly, you will be able to apply what you have learned in this workshop to confidently share information with decision makers, give input on policies and plans, and be an active voice in land management around invasive species.

Need a little inspiration? Check out this fun video How to Change the World (~3 minutes) to get you started.

If you’re a resource manager, agency employee or similar and have an audience you regularly engage with that could use this training, we may be able to accommodate you in the train-the-trainer workshop on October 13-14, 2018 in Rochester, MN. You will learn how to lead your own workshops to train citizens how to become empowered in their own communities. Click here, submit a little info, and project leader Angie Gupta will follow-up with you.

Development of this course was funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).

Registration closes soon. Register today!

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