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Thursday, March 5, 2015

ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE MAINTENANCE OF DIRT & GRAVEL ROADS WORKSHOP

The Conservation Districts of Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter, and Warren counties, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission, Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, and the Allegheny National Forest, are sponsoring a day-long workshop for anyone who maintains unpaved roads. The course will present innovative and effective practices to reduce maintenance costs and sediment pollution from unpaved roads. 

Topics will include roadside vegetation management, roadside banks, road & stream interfaces, ditch outlets, driving surface aggregate, road surface maintenance and drainage, and additional maintenance techniques. There will also be presentations on streambank stabilization, fish enhancement structures, and aquatic organism passages at road stream crossings. These practices protect streams from erosion and sedimentation that originate from unpaved roads.

The course will be held on Thursday, March 26th at St. Elizabeth Church in Smethport from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $15.00 per person, which includes lunch. Professional credits are available, including PA SFI, Continuing Forestry Education, CEUs and PDHs through College of Engineering, Penn State. 

This training will be beneficial to municipalities applying for Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road funds, personnel from timber operations, oil & gas companies, landowner associations, and state or national forest staff. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with expert speakers. Please pre-register for the course by March 19th by calling the McKean County Conservation District at (814) 887-4001.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Allegany township your road maintenance crew should go to this. they might learn how to maintain other roads then the ones township officials live on.

Anonymous said...

How about dumping more BRINE on them??? That makes them SLIMY when wet and when DRY so much DUST you can NOT see ten feet in front of you....And they pay for the CRAP!!!It's just great how it packs in every little crack and crevice and RUSTS your vehicle in No time,,,