A major emphasis of the Center is to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) of low volume roads. The goal of these ESM practices is to reduce sediment pollution and long-term maintenance costs associates with rural roadways, effectively creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable rural road system.
The Center's Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course is an intense two-day classroom session focused on providing the basic knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. (1.3 CEUs)
Using the administrative manual as a guide, this class outlines the role of Conservation Districts in the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program.
The Center's Annual Maintenance Workshop is held each fall at a different location in Pennsylvania. This two-day Workshop includes guest speakers, concurrent classroom lectures, and field trips to active and completed road projects.
With new hires and shifting responsibilities within Conservation Districts, we have received several requests for both admin and GIS trainings. To help get new hires trained in the most efficient manner, we have created a three-day training that includes both the admin and GIS trainings as well as a field day.
The Center periodically presents topic-specific webinars directed at Conservation District personnel. Webinars typically include 20-30 minutes of presentation followed by Q&A. Anyone can join, and past webinar recordings and presentation are available for download.
The purpose of these sessions is for Districts to share their DGLVR projects and experiences with other districts and Center/SCC staff for discussion.
These regional 1-day trainings will focus not only on bankfull determination, but on common issues seen with stream crossing replacements such as: grade control, flow control, stream slope, establishing streambed, dealing with sediment wedges and scour pools, etc.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pennsylvania's Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program, the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies held a Successes in Rural Road Maintenance and Ecology Symposium on April 4, 2017 at Penn State University.