This Public Works Technical Bulletin (PWTB) transmits information on compost mulch best management practices (BMP) for erosion control. Composted byproduct materials such as wood fiber mulch and garden/landscape compost from
municipal and military land management activities can provide a cost-effective method for erosion control and vegetation establishment while reducing landfill waste and impacts to water quality. These composted materials can provide a rapid method for erosion control when used as a blanket or as a check dam.1 This PWTB focuses on using compost wood fiber mulch (shredded and screened) as a BMP, and it also provides results and lessons learned from a side-by-side evaluation of composted mulch treatments. These lessons will provide natural resource and training land managers with a unique capability for cost-effective erosion control.