Road construction and maintenance workshop for landowners

From the Land Trust for Little Tennessee

Private landowners are invited to register for a one-day workshop on “Low-Volume Private Access Road Construction and Maintenance” to be held June 6th, 2013 at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Otto NC.

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) is sponsoring the event in partnership with Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and the Macon Soil and Water Conservation District.

Poorly constructed and maintained private access roads, be they for forestry, farm, or residential use, are a significant source of sediment to our streams here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Proper road construction and maintenance is a win-win situation for the landowner and the environment, reducing long-term maintenance costs and keeping more soil on site and out of our waterways.

Topics for the one-day event will include planning, layout, and construction of new roads, and maintenance and reconstruction of existing roads. The workshop will be led by Dr. Lloyd Swift and Barry Clinton, both retired researchers from Coweeta, along with two professional engineers. The all-day workshop will include morning classroom and afternoon field sessions. At a minimum, landowners will leave the workshop with a working knowledge of the do’s and don’ts of road construction and maintenance so they can converse effectively with road construction and grading contractors.

Representatives from agencies such as Macon Soil & Water Conservation District, NC Forest Service, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will be on hand to provide information on resources and programs available to landowners.

Registration is limited to 30 landowners, on a first-come first-serve basis. Cost is $25 per person ($15 for an additional family member) and includes lunch. Please register online at or by calling LTLT at 828-524-2711.


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