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.