We here at WYD and Salix are very excited to finally let you know about something we’ve been working on for awhile now…

Dirt time is available for online viewing and testing! 

Dirt time has entered into a partnership with Erosion Control Magazine to offer the entire Dirt Time library online in a testing environment for the purpose of training and earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs)!  Starting today you can sign up (for a very reasonable fee) at Forester Training & Testing and start watching Dirt Time videos, and start earning your Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

How does it work? It’s pretty simple really, sign up at Forester Training & Testing and…




Flexibility is the key with this service.  Get the knowledge you want, presented in short, bite-sized segments that fit your pace.  Dirt Time shows you real world situations, and gets you as close to the action as possible, all in a fun, informative,easy-to-watch manner.

Sign up for the Forester Testing and Training course and choose from 40+ short, informative videos.  Watch them at your leisure, taking a short quiz after each one.  When you’ve completed the required amount of video, you qualify for a CEU.  

Getting quality information and qualifying for CEUs has never been easier…or more affordable 🙂

Click here to access the site and get all the details.

Click here for Forester Training & Testing’s Homepage

Here is a sample of the time of content you’ll receive… 

Geyserville Bridge on the Russian River. This emergency job is necessary to protect the bridge this winter – but the Russian River is prime coho, chinook and steelhead water – and standard , resistive, RIPRAP, revetment-type protection was not acceptable to the Resource Agencies. They all could agree on a solution, if carefully constructed, that involved “clean” self-launching rock (no excavated rip rap keyway needed), redirective Rock Vanes (remember vanes and bendway weirs produce superior aquatic and substrate habitat), and planting with willow and cottonwood (Live Siltation and Pole Planting). These techniques are all “spelled out” in the 2005 NCHRP Report 544, Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods.

Day 4: shows the “staging road” which does double duty as a huge structural fill section in case the self-launching doesn’t hold up.

The access also helps us realign the stream – we really need to get that “hook out”.

Day 6: Carefully backfilling to not “strand any fish” was a very important element. The successful implementation assured that no electro fishing or handling of fish was necessary. The biologist also had to ensure no salmonids were in the reach.

But the true watershed moment came when we started building the Rock vanes, shown here Vane 1, upstream and Vane 3 of 4, downstream. Just look how effective in re-directing the river. Remember, this re-direction is what we want, so the river flows through the bridge, not into abutment!! 

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