Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance(ESM) Training
The Center’s Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course is a classroom training focused on providing the knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. The course is free to municipal, county, and state agencies involved with PA’s Dirt and Gravel Road Program. The course is also free to private contractors participating in DGLVR projects. This course provides Continuing Education Units and PDH credits (Professional Development Hours) through the PSU College of Engineering. Course certification is required in order to be eligible to apply for PA Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program grant funds.
The Center’s Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course is an intense two-day classroom session focused on providing the knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. The course runs from 8 am to 4 pm for two days and includes lunch. In addition to in-person ESM trainings. For more details, dates, and registration information, see the link below (or access it from the menu on the left):
Upon completion, attendees are provided with a certification to apply for DGLVR funds for 5 years, expiring December 31st of the 5th year. Anyone attending an in-person or remote ESM in 2022 will remain certified through December 31st, 2027.
Program EligibilityAnyone involved in the maintenance of unpaved and/or low volume roads will benefit from the practices taught in this course that are designed to reduce sediment pollution and long-term road maintenance costs. All entities interested in the Dirt & Gravel Roads Program are encouraged to attend, i.e. District Staff, QAB, Staff Assistant, etc.
Potential Grant Applications: In order to be eligible to apply for Program funds, the person in charge of work plan development and project implementation from the road-owning entity must have attended environmentally sensitive maintenance (ESM) training within the past five (5) calendar years. This training, and all past ESM trainings, counts as eligibility to apply for BOTH Dirt and Gravel and (paved) Low Volume Road funds for a period of five (5) calendar years.
Conservation Districts: ESM training is mandatory for at least one district representative on the QAB, and for the district staff person(s) most involved with the Program, and is valid for (5) calendar years.
Bureau of Forestry: ESM training is mandatory for at least one person involved with the Program in each Forest District, and is valid for (5) calendar years.
Other Personnel: Any other personnel involved in the Program (i.e., PADEP, PennDOT, etc.) who are interested in receiving ESM training every 5 years to maintain Program eligibility.
Private Entities: Private entities involved in DGLVR projects (such as engineers, bidders, and contractors) are encouraged to attend this training free of charge, but their attendance does NOT count as certification for municipalities. Someone from the road-owning entity must still attend to become eligible to apply for funding. Private contractors NOT involved in DGLVR projects, or other entities, such as homeowners associations or private conservancies, should contact the center about attending, and will have to pay a fee.
Eligibility List (566 KB): List of attendees from past trainings. Townships in PA are required to have attended the ESM Course within the past 5 years in order to be eligible for Dirt and Gravel Road Program Funding. (Updated 7/11/2022)
ESM Field Guide: Field Guide for Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance of Unpaved Roads.
For Additional InformationCenter for Dirt and Gravel Roads
215 Transportation Research Building The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 Phone: (814) 865-5355 Fax: (814) 863-6787 Toll-free: (866) NOTOMUD (866-668-6683) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org