Education and Training

A major emphasis of the Center is to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) of low volume roads. The goal of these ESM practices is to reduce sediment pollution and long-term maintenance costs associates with rural roadways, effectively creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable rural road system.

Remote Learning Center

The propose of this page is to provide a one-stop shop for recorded trainings and webinars in support of PA’s Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program.

ESM Course

The Center's Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course is an intense two-day classroom session focused on providing the basic knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. (1.3 CEUs) 

Program Administration

Using the administrative manual as a guide, this class outlines the role of Conservation Districts in the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program.

Annual Maintenance Workshop

The Center's Annual Maintenance Workshop is held each fall at a different location in Pennsylvania. This two-day Workshop includes guest speakers, concurrent classroom lectures, and field trips to active and completed road projects.


The Center periodically presents topic-specific webinars directed at Conservation District personnel.  Webinars typically include 20-30 minutes of presentation followed by Q&A.  Anyone can join, and past webinar recordings and presentation are available for download.

Assessment Training

An “Assessment” refers to the process of driving unpaved roads in the field to determine which sections are causing stream impacts.

ESM Boot Camp

This three day training event is designed for relatively new “DGLVR Technicians” at the Conservation District level.  It is designed to “jump start” incoming technicians with field experience related to construction, surveying, site evaluation for the DGLVR Program.

Stream Crossings

To improve the capacity of CD staff to implement better stream crossing projects at the county level.

Project Work

The information here is from the Streambank Stabilization course given on February 25, 2021.