ENGAGING TRAININGS: ONLINE & IN-PERSON

Fortin Consulting provides sustainable practices training for personnel working in any aspect of the outdoors industries, especially landscaping and snow and ice management. Our classes are always live and never recorded, which allows your crew and supervisors the opportunity to learn from our knowledgeable industry co-instructors and their peers and co-workers in the room.

Contact Connie Fortin if you’re interested in setting up a specialized training session specifically for your organization.

Winter Maintenance and MPCA Smart Salting Trainings

Training sessions are tailored specifically for attendees, but topics covered always include:
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Snow and Ice Best Management Practices
  • Tools and Resources for Winter Maintenance
Roads
Parking Lots and Sidewalks
Property Management
Bring your municipal public works crews, supervisors, and stormwater staff to improve and practice winter maintenance knowledge for high and low-speed roadways. Private Snow Removal Companies and Parks Departments alike use this class to examine pedestrian and mixed-use environments. Management and maintenance personnel for residential and commercial complexes, healthcare and educational institutions, and elsewhere use this class to buff up on their winter maintenance knowledge.

Level 2 Smart Salting

Training for upper-level personnel. Use the Smart Salting Assessment tool to assess maintenance practices, track operational changes, and become MPCA Level 2 Smart Salting Certified at an organization-wide scale.

Low Impact Turfgrass Maintenance Training

Nutrient Management
Mowing and Landscaping Practices
Pest Control
Soil testing and precise fertilizer application to maximize your practices while minimizing your impact on local waterways. Encourage turf health by adopting these outdoor design and maintenance principles. Chemical and biological methods for control of weeds, including crucial perspectives on timing for effective management.
We are working to have this class listed for Pesticide Applicator Recertification by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Below you’ll find links to all of the upcoming trainings we have scheduled that are open to public registration. You’ll find lively discussion and valuable lessons whether your training is in an easily accessible online format or held in-person.

All of our trainings can help you better serve your customers and your budget all while securing environmental quality. Please, reach out to the listed contact person to learn more and enroll today!

Training Schedule

All Minnesota Smart Salting Classes are listed in calendar format on the MPCA website. Click here.

For Turfgrass trainings, click here.

Date

Topic & Format

Contact Person

Host Organization

March 17, 2021 Turfgrass Maintenance – Online Paula Liepold – paula.liepold@co.dakota.mn.us Dakota County
March 23, 2021
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Turfgrass Maintenance – Online Abby Moore – amoore@mwmo.org Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
April 20, 2021 Level 2 Smart Salting for Organization-wide Certification – Online Paula Liepold – paula.liepold@co.dakota.mn.us Dakota County
April 20, 2021
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Turfgrass Maintenance – Online Gael Zambel – gzembal@ninemilecreek.org Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
April 27, 2021
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Smart Salting for Parking Lots and Sidewalks – Online Gael Zambel – gzembal@ninemilecreek.org Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
May 11, 2021
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Smart Salting for Property Management – Online Amy Bakkum – abakkum@rpbcwd.org Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
May 18, 2021
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Smart Salting for Roads – Online Gael Zembel – gzembal@ninemilecreek.org Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and City of Minnetonka
June 8, 2021 Smart Salting for Property Management – Online Angela Bourdaghs – angela.bourdaghs@state.mn.us MPCA
July 8, 2021 Smart Salting Level 2 Angela Bourdaghs – angela.bourdaghs@state.mn.us MPCA