Forest access roads require proper planning to ensure a long, useful life with minimal negative impact. Learn how to design, construct, mitigate, and retire forest roads.

Roads and trails through forestland represent one of the major causes of erosion and sedimentation of any forest practice. Forest access roads require proper planning to ensure a long, useful life with minimal negative impact. This presentation will cover the benefits of having roads in the woodlot, considerations for best locations (layout), road construction considerations and BMPs (e.g., slope, water bars, dips, cross drain culverts, rubber belt deflectors, etc.), stream crossings, permits, erosion control plans, road retirement and maintenance, soils, PNDI, where to go for assistance, municipal issues, and other issues including wetland crossings, the PA Fish and Boat Code and PA DOT.

Speakers

Tony Quadro, Assistant Manager, Technical Programs Director, and Forester, Westmoreland Conservation District.

Recorded Webinar
PowerPoint Slides

PowerPoint presentation, 17.7 MB

Timber Harvest Operations Field Guide

PDF

Erosion and Sediment Control Plan

PDF

PA Natural Heritage Program
NRCS Web Soil Survey
A Landowners Guide to Building Forest Access Roads

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802