ERTEC E-Fence™ is fantastic! Compared to another I’ve used, it’s much easier to work with and install, and very effective for the species on my projects. – Jennifer McCarter, Terrestrial & Wetland Biologist, Natural Resource Solutions, Waterloo, Ontario
Newest Case Study: Ministry of Transportation, Ontario. HWY 401 Project: Species at risk: Eastern foxsnake, Common snapping turtle
“Excluding wildlife from construction sites can be challenging, particularly for Eastern foxsnake. E-Fence offers an effective and efficient solution to multi-species projects that have varied exclusionary requirements. This product is durable and adaptable to site conditions which allow for customized field-fit solutions.” - Martine Esraelian, Terrestrial Biologist, Parsons Inc.
“The Ontario Ministry of Transportation selected the E-Fence Rigid Polymer Matrix product to provide an effective measure for reptile exclusion from the construction work zone while ensuring no hazards to vehicles within the highway right of way and minimal maintenance required for the exclusion fence.” Heather Mitchell - Senior Environmental Planner - Ontario Ministry of Transportation - West
Review the list of key design criterion for a successful Wildlife Exclusion Fence installation: Why E-Fence™ !
Learn how Wildlife Exclusion Fence type affects amphibian safety in windy areas: Paper: A Fluid Dynamics Study of Porous vs. Solid Fence types
Wildlife Exclusion Fence – Special-Status Species Protection
Description – ERTEC E-Fence™ Wildlife Exclusion Fence
ERTEC is by far the world leader in special-status small vertebrate exclusion and directional barriers
(E-Fence™ Brochure). ERTEC has the experience that only comes with manufacturing and installing millions of feet and hundreds of projects. ERTEC engineers have learned from feedback from hundreds of biologists to guide its continuous improvement and innovation process and to expand its effective configurations and accessories for a broad array of species and conditions. E-Fence is patented, durable and the lowest cost Wildlife Exclusion Fence or directional control barrier designed for projects in habitat where special-status small vertebrates are present. The fence is designed to exclude small vertebrates from active construction areas, control movement within fragmented habitat and for control of survey-area perimeters. The barrier is made from a heavy rigid polymer matrix which is extruded for strength and durability. The extruded strands of the ERTEC matrix will not separate, stretch or entrap even persistent intruders. Unlike metal mesh, it does not present a laceration hazard and unlike mono-filament plastic mesh (found in erosion control products) it will neither entangle nor entrap. It will not corrode and decay like metal hardware cloths or geotextile fabrics. Unlike silt fence, plywood fence, or other solid polymer barriers, E-Fence allows high wind and heavy stormwater flow-through. It can be installed across contours (up and down hills) without enduring the destructive and scouring effects of storm water runoff. It is non-toxic and environmentally safe. Even after extensive exposure to sunlight, harsh weather and salt water it continues to perform. E-Fence provides very high reliability (up-time) which significantly reduces maintenance and monitoring costs. E-Fence can be used for temporary or permanent requirements. It is a ZERO Waste solution (reusable and recyclable). Accepted by wildlife agencies, E-Fence is configurable for individual or combinations of species and flexible for special conditions.
Available options and accessories
- Full Turnkey/Rental Service (see below)
- Animal One-Way Gates & Detour Wings
- Personnel and Equipment Gates
- Exclusion Panels/Sweeps for Gates
- Trenchless Ground Seal Systems
- Climbing Barriers
- Visual Barriers
- Integrated Sediment Control Barrier
- Temporary or Permanent Installations
- Livestock Control
- High UV Black or High Visibility Orange
- Pitfall Traps
- Cover Board Refugia
Ask about ERTEC’s Full Turnkey Service
- Design: Most Cost Effective Agency Approved Solution
- Furnish: Purchase or Rent
- Install: Union or Non-Union – World’s Most Experienced Installers
- Coordinate: With Project Management and Site Biologist for a Successful Project
- Remove & Restore
E-Fence™ with Triple-Function Options
Single Function: Wildlife Exclusion only. Caltrans Caldecott tunnel project. No maintenance required over five years with many heavy weather events. (Alameda whip snake, also Alameda striped racer).
Double Function: Wildlife Exclusion and High Visibility Safety Fence. Caltrans Route 80 Project. High visibility orange allows barrier to double as safety fence. The climber barrier is required for CA Red legged frog.
Triple Function: Wildlife Exclusion, High Visibility Safety Fence and Sediment Control Barrier. ERTEC’s highly reliable and durable Sediment Control Barrier is placed in the same trench, eliminating the cost of installation and maintenance of silt fence or wattles.
- Easiest system to install
- Wildlife safe
- Very high reliability (high barrier up-time)
- ZERO waste
- Lower total cost
- Negligible maintenance
- Minimal monitoring
E-Fence™ Instructional Videos Means and Methods for Wildlife Exclusion success:
General Installation: 40″ Width, 5″ Climber Barrier Lip, 6″ Trench, Black, 5′ metal T-Posts on 8′ centers
Adding the Sediment Control Barrier – eliminates need for silt fence or wattles
Temporary Swing Gates with Exclusion Panels for Construction Entrances
No-Trench Ground Seal – Soft Clam-Shell
One-Way Escape Funnel (8″ Entrance, 2″ Exit)
Detour Wings for One-Way Escape Funnel
Partial list of approved configurations (please contact ERTEC for recommended configuration and installation diagram – available for each of the following animals and others): Alameda whip snake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus), Arroyo toad (Bufo microscaphus californicus), Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), Blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia sila), Butler’s garter snake (Thamnophis butleri), California red legged frog (Rana draytonii), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), Chiricahua leopard frog (Rana chiricahuensis), Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata), Common five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus), Common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus), Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), Eastern fox snake (Pantherophis gloydi), Eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos), Eastern Massasagua rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus), Foothill yellow legged frog (Rana boylii), Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas), Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens), Mojave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis), Northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans), Northern map turtle (Graptemys geographica), Ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata), Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla), Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta), Riparian brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius), Salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris), San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus), San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia), San Joaquin antelope squirrel (Ammosphermophilus nelson), San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes mutica mutica), San Joaquin whip snake (Masticophis flagellum ruddocki), Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum), Stephens’ kangaroo rate (Dipodomys stephensi), Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides), Western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus), Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata), Yellow mud turtle (Kinosternon flavescens), Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus), rattlesnake (all species)