US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Randy B Foltz

Research General Engineer
1221 South Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: 208-883-2312
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Current Research

I am a Research Engineer with the USDA Forest Service. Current research is on the environmental impact of forest road removal (road obliteration). I was responsible for the development of the soil armoring algorithms and use of WEPP on forest roads. Other research topics have included erodibility of road aggregates and the benefits of reduced tire pressure on erosion from forest roads. 1) Effectiveness of BAER road treatments; Assist in deciding whether the annual multi-million dollar BAER road expenditure is money well spent. 2) Infiltration rates on forest roads in the Lake Tahoe basin; Determine Lake Tahoe specific WEPP model parameters to allow improved decision making ability concerning road erosion. 3) Efficacy of wood-based erosion control materials; Demonstrate the utility of native wood-based erosion control materials at locations where high values at risk are not well served by non-native straw erosion control 4) Relationships between ATV traffic and erosion; Assist with implementation of the travel management plan. 5) Impacts of culvert removals and replacements on water quality; Answer the concerns about short term impacts of stream disturbing activities.


  • New Mexico State University, BS Chemical Engineering, 1972
  • New Mexico State University, MS Civil Engineering, 1987
  • Unversity of Idaho, Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 1993

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