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Bloser, Steve ; Creamer, Dave ; Napper, Carolyn ; Scheetz, Barry ; Ziegler, Tim . 2012. Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Practices for Dirt and Gravel Roads. 1177 1802P. San Dimas, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center.

The Forest Service and Pennsylvania State University's Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads have established a simple protocol to help road managers and maintenance practitioners to carefully assess road conditions; identify problems; determine cause; and select the appropriate environmentally sensitive practices that fit the site conditions. The goal of this field guide is to provide examples of environmentally sensitive maintenance practices, which if implemented reduce erosion and diversion potential. Additionally, environmentally sensitive maintenance practices reduce long term maintenance costs and lengthen maintenance cycles.

Keywords: dirt and gravel roads, drainage, ecology, erosion, hydrologic connectivity, road maintenance

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