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Biomass to Biochar: Storing Carbon in the Soil
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM PST
Biochar Production in the Forest
A Virtual Demonstration via Zoom
Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, USFS soil scientist in Idaho; specializes in studying the environmental consequences of biomass utilization and biochar addition to the soil.
Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates in Oregon ; a mechanical engineer and analyst working in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. Inventor and developer of a wide range of biochar technology including the kilns used in this demonstration.
Raymond Baltar, Biochar Projects Manager in Sonoma, CA; a leader in the field of biomass conversion, biochar production, technology and research.
Fighting fire with fire! Prescribed burns are a recognized method for building healthy fire resilient forests. RFFI and the Sonoma Ecology center have taken it a step further. We are creating fuel breaks and converting the removed slash into biochar in the forest. The biochar will be placed in the forest soil to improve nutrient and water retention, while storing carbon.
Learn about the process of converting forest slash into biochar
and the benefits for the forest, soil and climate.
Karen Youngblood, Linwood Gill and Mark Welther, RFFI/URFC Staff, will describe the role of the biochar-in-place project can play in building healthy, fires resilient forests.
Demonstration: Actual demonstration of biochar conversion using kilns in the Usal Redwood Forest.
Admission Free | Donation Encouraged