Charcoal production, also known as biochar, has been recognized as an emerging technology for fuel mitigation strategies. A form of bio-mimicry, biochar production replicates and enhances the role of old growth forest fires that converted 4-6% of the biomass into charcoal. This presentation will cover a range of research on the soil, tree response, and forest carbon cycle benefits to help incentivize adoption as a part of fire risk reduction efforts. We will also cover research illustrating the role of charcoal in post-fire recovery and soil restoration.
Presenter: Kai Hoffman-Krull, San Juan Islands Conservation District