Free February Webinar:
Biochar, Wildfire Risk Mitigation, and Forest Health
February 9th (10am PT/1pm ET) and February 16th (1pm PT/4pm ET)
Building on its successful field operations in Oregon in 2021-22, PINA staff will present the context and challenges of wildfire in western forests, along with research findings into best practices, technical insights, and community and professional resources for reducing risk.
We encourage landowners, agency personnel, community leaders, firefighting crews, permaculture and other landscape designers, and anyone concerned with wildfire risk and climate pressures in any region to attend.
Gloria Flora, PINA’s Philanthropy Coordinator, founder of U.S. Biochar Initiative, and a former USFS Forest Supervisor, together with Brian Byers, Land Steward at Lost Valley Educational Center in Dexter, OR and a crew co-leader with PINA’s Fire Ecology Restoration Project (FERP) will cover:
Forests and Fire Ecology
Treatment Considerations by Habitat Type
Biochar Properties and Benefits
Use of Portable Flame-Top Kilns
Resources, Grants, Financing, and Networks of Support
PINA’s Executive Director, Peter Bane, will facilitate the sessions and also cover the elements of permaculture design that inform FERP’s multifunctional biochar protocol for forest health: how it bolsters community economies, regenerates ecosystems, aids agriculture, and mitigates the climate threat.
Kelpie Wilson, owner of Wilson Biochar, LLC, kiln designer, and a pioneer in the forest biochar movement will be available during the Feb. 16th session for discussion of the emerging industry and technical questions on kiln design and use. Each session will include opportunities for Q&A.
PINA has produced a documentary about its fire ecology efforts, “Restoring Forests with Fire,” viewable above. The webinar series builds on this work and allows participants greater interaction and technical understanding. If you are under wildfire threats in your community, are considering how to reduce fuel loads without pollution, want permanent improvements in forest health and productivity, seek to put firefighting skills to use in the winter months, have responsibility for fire protection, or are providing advice and guidance to anyone facing these issues, we encourage you to join us.
Registration is required but free of charge. Participation is limited, so please sign up early. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link for joining the webinar. For questions or technical assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.