United States Department of Agriculture
In response to drought and beetle epidemics in California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service wanted to use dead trees to create biochar that could be used to increase soil and forest health while simultaneously protecting local communities. Biochar was created in summer 2017 and study plots were installed in fall 2017. This site will continue through stand rotation (~70 years). The goal of the project is to remove dead timber in the wildland urban interface (WUI), add biochar to the soil to improve soil and forest health, and demonstrate how biochar can be beneficial on forest sites. The key project deliverables include a greater awareness of the value of biochar on forest, range, mine, or agricultural soils for mitigating climate change and restoring soil or ecosystem health.