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Biochar, Wildfire Risk Mitigation, and Forest Health

Recorded February 9th and 16th

00:31:23 Peter Bane: for more information
00:44:02 Peter Bane: Restoring Forest with Fire video, viewable at
00:53:33 Peter Bane: Notice the smaller felled logs lain on contour to retain moisture and sediment
00:56:02 Becky Elder: CHEERS ALL AROUND!!!
00:56:11 Raven Ioneh: Reacted to “CHEERS ALL AROUND!!!” with 🎉
01:00:45 Julian’s iPhone: Thank you!
01:06:05 Peter Bane: As we’ll see in Part 2, kiln design helps eliminate smoke and GFG emissions.
01:07:30 HD Hilton: Reacted to “As we’ll see in Part…” with 👍
01:09:18 Gloria Flora: Reacted to “CHEERS ALL AROUND!!!” with 👍🏼
01:09:56 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Not a question, but I was saddened when I learned recently that glyphosate is being sprayed on forests in British Columbia to eliminate hardwoods.
01:10:07 Alex Kalish: Are there certain soil types or areas where biochar shouldn’t be applied?
01:11:05 Alex Kalish: For example I’ve heard concerns about applying it in redwood forest
01:13:33 Peter Bane: Urine or tankage applied to biochar will lower its pH.
01:13:53 Taxonoman: We are an environmental consulting company in Central Arizona working on a grant project currently to identify areas where we can improve permeability and percolation into the soils to restore the aquifer. Part of the process will include the use of wattles and biochar. Thank you for this excellent webinar!
01:14:53 Terry: so the biochar can sequester toxins but not pharmaceuticals?
01:15:24 Alex Kalish: Thanks Gloria
01:17:05 Terry: Yes I knew about the mycelia. Thanks for the distinctions between mycelia and biochar. Thanks Peter and Gloria!
01:19:29 Karen B Taylor: Make sure the char is charged before putting it in the garden soil. Put the biochar in the compost or charge with compost tea first.
01:19:47 Raven Ioneh: Reacted to “Make sure the char i…” with 👍
01:19:47 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Reacted to “Make sure the char i…” with 👌
01:21:18 Mike DeNiro-Wallace: I am conducting a 60 acre thin of a densely planted doug fir stand.  I’m hoping to use biochar for slash management, however I’ve heard that biochar creation isn’t well suited for larger scale/volume projects. Could you speak to this? Would I be better served mixing biochar creation with a forestry mulcher?
01:22:09 Terry: please talk about open pile method
01:22:15 Gloria Flora: Reacted to “Make sure the char i…” with 👍🏼
01:22:41 Carol Burton: Thank you Gloria! could you share the link to the screen share?
01:22:57 Melanie Mindlin: You really don’t need to dig a pit to make biochar without a kiln. The conservation burn method is quite effective, especially when you’re not doing enough to warrant obtaining a kiln.
01:23:15 Alex Kalish: Would appreciate more info on the conservation burn method
01:23:56 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Replying to “Thank you Gloria! co…”
01:25:05 Peter Bane: Replying to “Thank you Gloria! co…”
Thanks Derek.
01:26:27 Karen B Taylor: Thanks everyone! gotta go
01:26:37 Raven Ioneh: Reacted to “Thanks everyone! got…” with ❤️
01:27:14 Andrew: Thanks all!
01:27:14 Leela: Thank you all!
01:27:21 mcambridge: Thank you
01:27:24 Alex Kalish: Thank you!
01:27:24 Mike DeNiro-Wallace: Thank you!
01:27:27 Tara Alexander: thank you
01:27:29 Carol Burton: Thank you!!
01:27:36 Terry: excellent effort all!!! Thankyou
01:27:54 Raven Ioneh: Thank you all! Blessings in your good work

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00:21:35 Elizabeth Lynch:
00:41:24 Elizabeth Lynch:
00:42:11 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): to make it easier
00:43:11 Peter Bane: Hazel’s book Social Forestry can be purchased here:
00:56:19 Leela: Great info!
00:56:25 Tara Alexander: Do you ever inoculate the biochar?
00:56:26 Leela: Great info
00:57:19 Alex Kalish: For material over 30% moisture content – can you still use it? And just expect a lower conversion rate to biochar?
00:58:00 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Are there smaller kilns you’d consider / recommend for smaller scale operations?
00:58:12 Kristin Swoszowski-Tran, NM: This message is for Kelpie, what kind of temperature range does the ring of fire generally operate at?  How can one keep the temps low (aka 400-550F)?
00:58:20 Elizabeth Lynch: To piggyback on Alex’s question, do you have a tool that you use to measure moisture content?
01:00:02 Tara Alexander: first research the organisms for forest correct
01:00:20 Gloria Flora: Reacted to “first research the o…” with 👍🏼
01:01:17 Alex Kalish: Do those semi-pyrolized wood pieces have a role in restoration as well?
01:03:39 Kristin Swoszowski-Tran, NM: The reason I ask is because studies show that karrikinoides are not as effective in hot burns.
01:04:27 Chris Gay – N Florida: North Florida is also a fire dependent ecology where the long leaf pine has been supplanted with hardwood which is also produces a dense and fuel rich forest which can be almost impenetrable when you throw in the vines. There are long leaf pine restoration projects, but I am not aware of any here with this approach. Are you aware of any?
01:07:32 Kristin Swoszowski-Tran, NM: Thanks, Kelpie~
01:07:52 Tara Alexander: is there a source for retort kilns
01:09:27 Elizabeth Lynch: Smaller Oregon Kiln:
01:09:55 Gloria Flora: We’ve prepared a list of Biochar in the Forest Resources. You might find useful for basic biochar information, forest-based production, grants for forest restoration and biochar restoration and networks of practitioners. Access through Google Drive at
01:10:00 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Replying to “Smaller Oregon Kiln:…”
Thanks! 👌
01:14:13 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Several months per year of snow here 😜🥶❄️
01:14:35 Gabe: Is the info here in the chat going to be available in the replay?
01:14:51 Gloria Flora: For small applications, the Best Biochar Cone Kiln is a handy tool. About 30″ in diameter.
01:14:53 Elizabeth Lynch: @Gabe – Yes
01:15:18 Peter Bane: We are capturing the chat dialog. So, yes.
01:15:52 Tara Alexander: what about vinegar kiln
01:16:07 Peter Bane: Participants can also capture the chat themselves by using the three-dot button below the chat box.
01:19:44 Chris Gay – N Florida: At what point do you quench? When is it “done”?
01:21:37 Kristin Swoszowski-Tran, NM: Thanks so much everyone!  Thanks Kelpie~
01:21:37 Becky Elder: Thank you SOOO much!  I am inspired!
01:21:39 Andrew: Thanks everyone!
01:21:42 Leela: Thankyou!
01:21:44 Tara Alexander: excellent thank you
01:21:44 Derek Thille (Winnipeg, MB): Thank you all.  Very informative.
01:21:45 Jane Woodhouse: This was wonderful.  Thank you all.
01:21:46 mcambridge: thanks
01:21:47 HD Hilton: Thank you !!
01:21:52 Terry: thank you!
Quenching the Kiln. Colorado, USA June, 2022

Quenching the Kiln. Colorado, USA June, 2022 

This webinar is great for landowners, agency personnel, community leaders, firefighting crews, permaculture and other landscape designers, and anyone concerned with wildfire risk and climate pressures.

Building on PINA’s successful field operations in Oregon in 2021-22, PINA staff 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.

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) 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, facilitates the sessions and also covers 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 attended the Feb. 16th session for discussion of the emerging industry and answers technical questions on kiln design and use. Each session includes 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 viewers to gain a deeper technical understanding and learn from recorded participant questions. 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 purchase this webinar or join PINA and get access to all of our recorded content with membership.

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