I would like to recommend Russ Dyer and his company Dyer All-Terrain Excavation, for the good work they accomplished as part of constructing the new fish ladder at Lower Deer Creek Falls, near Chester, CA. The implementation at this remote, no road access-site began in July 2016 and continued until completion in November 2017. Access in for the excavator included several miles of dirt road on a lowboy then mobilization to the site was via an extremely steep slope, approx. 50% grade and at least 600’ distance. The hillside contained habitat for sensitive animals and Dyer worked well within the guidelines to protect this habitat by zig zagging their route to avoid flagged vegetation areas and minimizing damage to the soil structure, preventing rain gullies, etc. The site was maintained cleanly and safety precautions were followed to prevent mishap.



Long days, weeks, and months of effort went into this project to excavate 8-10 ft into what we expected to be bedrock, but turned out to be crumbly shale type substrate. This required the spider excavator to be used for drilling, excavating and moving many tons of rock on a very small project site. The project working site was approx. 150 x 150 ft that was hedged in by a protected wetland area, an immense boulder, a recreational trail and a swiftly flowing stream. Needless to say, these weren’t the easiest conditions for getting a job done. Also, the operator had limited access to the site – either a 3⁄4 mile or 2 mile hike to his equipment, depending on the season. All in all, with all these constraints, the job was done completely and thoroughly in a high quality manner.


Tricia Parker Hamelberg

Project Manager/Fish Biologist, United States Department of the Interior

Russ Dyer performed very well in his contracted excavation services for our “new” Crows Peak Chairlift. Russ excavated roughly 300 cubic yards of material on extremely steep and all but inaccessible terrain. I was very pleased with Russ’s professionalism and preparedness. Russ completed our excavation project on schedule, on budget and his final grading results were great. I highly recommend Russ for similar jobs.

Scott Ferguson

Director of Resort Operations, Sugar Bowl Corp.

Dyer Excavation excavated 12 tower holes and two large terminal holes on a project we did at Sugar Bowl ski area. Russ did an exceptional job and excavated every thing to a tight tolerance in spite of being in very difficult locations. This was all done in a timely manor keeping us on schedule. He remained conscious of the environment and the job site aesthetics through out the project. I highly recommend Russ to anyone considering contracting his services.

Victor L. Chalk

Construction Supervisor, Doppelmayr USA Inc.

I am writing to offer my up most referral and recommendation for working with, and hiring Russ Dyer of Dyer All Terrain Excavation. I have worked with Russ and his company on numerous projects since 2012 including ski resort chairlift construction on highly sensitive and steep sites that Russ performed to a standard exceeding everyone’s expectations. I have also worked closely with Russ on watershed restoration projects, slope and riverbank stabilization, fire safety projects, and forest fuel mastication projects. Russ’s eagerness to fulfill the scope of any project, large or small, is inspiring. Russ’s work ethic on all occasions exemplifies quality, honesty, and integrity. Working with Russ is always a pleasure, and hiring Russ and Dyer All Terrain Excavation is a sure way to have 100% confidence that the job will get done, on time, and on budget.

Sara Taddo Jones

Owner/Forester, Jones Forestry & Conservation Truckee, CA

Russ Dyer assisted Kirkwood Mountain Resort last May and June with a significant excavation on the top of the mountain at an elevation of 9500′. Russ is the owner/operator of a spider excavator that needed to maneuver up a steep snow road that traversed a 45 degree slope to access this remote location. The fact that the 2012/13 winter was a low snow season created an urgency from start to finish for the snow pack would melt quickly. Russ’ ability and resourcefulness as an operator was critical in competing the task within this limited time frame. Russ was able to complete the excavation on time and on budget while exhibiting professionalism, attention to detail, and courtesy that is not always provided by others in the trades.

Dave Myers

Sr. Director of Mountain Operations, Kirkwood Mountain Resort

I worked with Dyer All Terrain Excavating on a mastication project. The project was difficult due to the steep terrain, trespasser camp sites and neighboring homes. Russ did a masterful job in coordinating the project, coordinating along the way about the status and implemented a beautiful fuels reduction treatment. He was an excellent communicator with the local agencies representatives and media who came to view the fire safe project work. All parties involved including the Nevada City Winery, the Miner’s Foundry were extremely satisfied with the work implemented.


Dyer All Terrain Excavating was professional, provided the highest level of diligence in performing the work, completed it on schedule and ensured that the scope of work was met on the ground. I am proud to provide my recommendation for Dyer All Terrain Excavating after my experience working with him on implementing our mastication treatment project. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information.

Joanne Drummond

Executive Director, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County

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