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Tuesday, March 2, 2010



Following an excellent turnout last year, the McKean County Conservation District will once again hold a specialized course on Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance of Dirt and Gravel Roads on March 23 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Courtyard Restaurant in Smethport, PA.

This unique, one-day event is open to the general public and everyone who maintains unpaved roads, including: municipalities, oil and gas operators, timber operators, private and commercial landowners, and employees of state and national forests are invited and encouraged to attend.

Sponsors for the event include Open Flow Gas Supply Corporation, St. Mary Land & Exploration Company, Hancock Forest Management, the State Conservation Commission and the Penn State Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies.

With an emphasis on promoting practices which reduce maintenance costs while reducing sediment pollution, the experienced staff of the Pennsylvania Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program will openly share their valuable insights and proven methods.

A small sampling of what the course covers includes; the affect of natural systems on roads, the influences of right-of-ways, the management of roadside vegetation, ditch outlets, road and stream interfaces, and effective use of driving surface aggregates. The course qualifies for PA SFI Continuing Ed Credits (2) Years and additional forestry credits may also be offered.

A nominal fee of $15 per participant covers course materials, morning snacks, refreshments and lunch. In addition, each participant attending the entire program will receive a certificate of attendance.

For more information & to register by March 16, please contact the McKean County Conservation District by phone at 814-887-4001 or email at

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Please, please, please teach some of these township road crew members that the "ditch" should be lower than the "road"!