The Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Studies has announced the dates for the 2017 Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Courses. To be eligible for the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Roads Grant Program, 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 2-day 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.
Click here for a list of dates in 2017.
The ESM 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 Center's holds approximately 10 ESM courses at locations around Pennsylvania every year.
The course runs form 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for two days and includes lunch. The course is free to municipal, county, and state agencies involved with PA's Dirt and Gravel Road Program.