Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. and Usal Redwood Management Company
Down to Earth
Biomass to Biochar and Storing Carbon in the Forest Soils
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2:00-3:30 p.m. PST
Biochar Production in the Forest


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*Please note that the biomass to biochar ratio for work done in the Usal Redwood Forest as presented by Karen Youngblood has been corrected – please see the PDF slides below for the correct ratios.*

Guest Speakers:

Raymond Baltar, Biochar Projects Manager in Sonoma, CA; a leader in the field of biomass conversion, biochar production, technology and research.

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.

Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, USFS soil scientist in Idaho; specializes in studying the environmental consequences of biomass utilization and biochar addition to the soil.


Raymond Baltar

Kelpie Wilson

Karen Youngblood

Debbie Page-Dumroese

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, fire resilient forests.

Thank You To Our Event Sponsors!


The Stanford Inn by the Sea

Giant Chain Fern

Sonoma Biochar Initiative-Sonoma Ecology Center
Wilson Biochar Associates
Sonoma State University –Center for Environmental Inquiry
California Conservation Corps

Five-Finger Fern

Baldwin, Blomstrom, Wilkinson and Associates, Inc.
Lyme Redwood Forest Company
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Sword Fern

US Biochar Initiative
Wylatti Resource Management

The work upon which this event is based was funded in part with California Climate Investments funding granted by the California Natural Resources Agency, Department of Conservation through the North Coast Resource Partnership.