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PO Box 207
1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538
Phone: (541) 597-8530
Fax: (541) 597-8533
Contact: Siskiyou Field Institute

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (spring to fall hours)
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2019 Biochar Workshop

  Biochar kiln     New growth by Kelpie
Photos courtesy of Kelpie Wilson

Instructors: Kelpie Wilson, B.S. and Ken Carloni, Ph.D.
Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, 2019
Location: SFI, Selma, Oregon
Tuition: $120 

Note: Our private bedrooms have sold out for this course. Limited space available in the dorm or in our yurts (only one yurt is heated).


Learn how charred biomass (biochar) can increase soil productivity (including expanded tree mycorrhizal networks in a burned area), reduce wildfire risk, and slow climate change. Mechanical engineer Kelpie Wilson and forest ecologist Ken Carloni will provide a history and science of biochar production and use during morning classroom presentations.  Afternoons will be spent in the field looking recent wildfire impact on forests, look at biochar in the lab, and hands-on learning demonstrations of how to make biochar in simple kilns.

Students will:


Be introduced to the chemistry and biology of biochar at scales ranging from atoms to the biosphere
 Learn how biochar sequesters carbon while improving soil health and plant productivity
 Investigate the physical and chemical properties of biochar during lab exercises
 Observe the natural production of biochar in an area recently burned in a wildfire
 Understand available technology options for biochar production at different scales
 Become familiar with the production of biochar through hands-on demonstrations

Register for this course.




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