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Integrating Biochar into your Forest Stewardship Practices
Sept. 15, 2021
Webinar with Ken Carloni, Biochar Specialist


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July 2021 PINA Newsletter

Issue #11

Serving our members with news and information for the professional permaculture practitioner. PINA members receive our newsletters as well as other benefits.  All others are receiving this issue as a sample.

Featured Story

Fire Ecology Restoration Project funded

PINA has received a $75,000 grant to research improved methods of wildfire risk mitigation in relation to forest health. Our restoration forestry practices will be used to treat four sites in southwest Oregon while training a cadre of practitioners and documenting impacts. Forest thinning to reduce fuel loads will be followed by making biochar in portable kilns, contour placement of larger logs, return of the char to the forest, and finally prescribed burning.

PINA is currently offering paid work, internships and research opportunities in connection with this project. Additional funding is also sought for the 2nd and 3rd years of this project.

After a century of public policy to suppress fire, western forests hold an immense overburden of flammable fuels that industry and government officials increasingly acknowledge must be reduced. Due to climate change, southern Oregon is one of the most vulnerable regions of the continent to increased wildfire risk. These fire-adapted ecosystems were traditionally managed by indigenous peoples through regular low-intensity burns, which reset favorable conditions for harvestable plants and prey animals. To restore the adaptive use of fire to limit danger and enhance forest health, we must embrace a period of transition during which hundreds of millions of acres must be rid of their excess fuel burden. 

PINA Update: Report from the Executive Director

PINA is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $169,000 to increase  organizational capacity and to launch a research program into improved methods of fire  risk mitigation in western forests. The is the fruit of a six-month process during which the  PINA board and staff have been intently focused on crafting the message that  permaculture has solutions to the most critical problems facing our societies.

Embers of Hope: Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos

by Bonita Eloise Ford

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Streetscapes build community in the time of Covid

We have had many opportunities to apply the permaculture principle “Creatively respond to change” since the onset of pandemic. Some of us made major lifestyle changes; some of us on homesteads or in communities found our resilient designs became very useful.
Society made some drastic changes, and a number of them set positive trends. The meaning of creative response would be to deepen and broaden those trends.


PINA is seeking a Development Director

PINA has a position available for a Development Officer with initial funding in place.  Are you or someone you know the right person for this special job?

Job Summary: In close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Development Officer is responsible for the strategic planning, coordination, and implementing of all fundraising activities for the organization including cultivating financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, governments and other agencies, and through special events. Will maintain and build upon existing funding sources, and identify new ones. This is a half-time position for one-year with continuation or expansion dependent on success at meeting PINA funding goals. The job is carried out primarily remotely and on a flexible schedule, but may require some travel. Compensation $32-36,000, depending on experience and negotiated time commitment.  Read more.

Why I Joined PINA

Click here to read more about Greg Peterson of Urban Farm and why he’s excited about PINA.

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Midwest Permaculture Convergence

August 27-29, 2021, Southwest Michigan
Sponsored by PINA Hub, Great Rivers & Lakes Permaculture Institute