Biochar in the Woods: Learn How to Use Biochar for Forest Resilience

January 27, 2022 - February 3, 2022

Multiple Day Event

Given the ongoing drought and dangerous wildfire conditions in California and throughout the west, we see an urgent need to train more people on clean techniques to convert problem forest vegetation into biochar onsite. Biochar helps mitigate the wildfire threat by increasing forest soil water-holding capacity and resilience.

Who Should Attend? Forestry contractors, arborists, workforce supervisors, forest land owners, and staff from environmental NGOs and natural resource agencies who supervise forestry workers, or develop biochar forestry projects and programs.

At our day-long , online seminar and the following 3 field day events in Butte County, CA (free), you will learn how to make and use biochar onsite to increase the water holding capacity and resilience of forest soils. (Butte County is about 3 hours northeast of San Francisco.)

Morning Session - Biochar Production and Applications 9 am - noon

Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates: How to Make Biochar in Place Using Flame Cap Kilns and Conservation Burns
Deborah Page-Dumroese, US Forest Service Research Soil Scientist: Applying Biochar to Forest Soils for Forest Health and Restoration
Karen Youngblood: Forester, Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc
Laurie Schoonhoven: NRCS National Forester
Afternoon Session - Reports on Biochar Forest Projects 1 - 4 pm

Ken Carloni : Yew Creek Land Alliance
Kai-Hoffman Krull: San Juan Islands Conservation District
Raymond Baltar: Sonoma Biochar Initiative
Darren McAvoy: Utah Forest Service
Jim Archuleta: US Forest Service
Others TBA
FIELD DAYS, Chico, CA FREE - Please get a ticket to reserve your spot. 9-5 PST
February 1
Morning session: Biochar in the Community, Butte College Skyway Center, Chico, CA

Steve Feher, Sustainable Community Development Institute
Wolfgang Rougle, Butte County Resource Conservation District
Deborah Page-Dumroese, US Forest Service Research Soil Scientist
Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates
Afternoon session: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Paul Maslin, Biochar from Burn Piles for Ecological Benefit – hands-on participation in demonstration of the techniques
February 2
Biochar Field Demonstration near Paradise, Butte County Fire Safe Council
February 3 (same as February 2 program)
Biochar Field Demonstration near Paradise, Butte County Fire Safe Council
A detailed program and directions to venues will be sent to attendees in early January.
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