John McCullah

CPESC #311
Watershed Geologist,
President, Salix Applied Earthcare

John McCullah brings over 21 years of experience training others in erosion and sediment control, watershed restoration, stream restoration, and biotechnical erosion control (Bioengineering) to Forester University. McCullah has been a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC #311) since 1986, has a BS in Watershed Geology from Humboldt State University, and is a California Contractor. Currently, McCullah owns and operates Salix Applied Earthcare (Salix), a consulting firm located in Redding, California, and practicing in the fields of erosion and sediment control, watershed restoration, stream restoration, and biotechnical erosion control (Bioengineering).

McCullah authored the first Erosion and Sediment Control BMP Manuals for Shasta County in 1992 and then published the award-winning Erosion Draw Manual with AutoCad Typical Drawings in 1994. As a member (and instructor) with IECA, John also served on the Board of Directors for 5 years.

He has been training others in these fields for over 21 years. He is an adjunct instructor at Shasta College for 14 years, teaching Watershed Restoration / Construction Site Erosion Control. John managed the Caltrans 24-hour Certified Stormwater Training at the College and is the Project manager for the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Facility, a 6–ac site built to replicate construction site conditions in order to research and demonstrate the proper use of BMP.

For over 6 years John was the co-instructor for "Field Application Training for Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs on Caltrans Construction Sites”, 2-day field courses provided to personnel at each Caltrans District. This hands-on training led John to develop and produce the erosion control training video series “Dirt Time” with John McCullah. It has been said that “Dirt Time is to Erosion Control as This Old House is to home renovation”. Salix has also developed the popular design manuals on CD; ErosionDraw, BioDraw, and ESenSS