Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Here's a link to today's biochar pictures https://photos.app.goo.gl/HdGxc8wZISh5MX8C2 We had a crew 6 of working at Art & Jude's. Jeff, Kristin and Monty worked along Takilma rd and made 3 batches - a bit less than 3 cubic yards of biochar. Art, Jude and Chas took the tractor kilns over to the back pasture and made another 2 cubic yards. Wood was a bit wet and smokier than we would have liked, but still not too bad. We will be back by Takilma Rd just north of the Page Creek turn off tomorrow if people want to come by and see what we are doing. Next week will burn several days at other nearby properties, making biochar for the landowners.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
On November 9, Don Morrison and I travelled to Salem, Oregon to present our work on the Conservation Innovation Grant to NRCS officials. Here is a link to the presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PQdMr8jSeTKa6k2LgVqfjSmGXmc6jDwC/view?usp=sharing
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
One of the big winners from our Drew Biochar Project is forest soil organisms of the present and future. The standard alternative to our approach of burning forest slash material in kilns is to pile and burn it in place. Hundreds of small burn scars can really have an impact on forest soils and their inhabitants. The picture below tells the story: From: Slash from the past: Rehabilitating pile burn scars. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 15. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station.