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IBI Educational Webinar Series: Forestry Management and Biochar

Mon, 02/05/2018
Brian Schorr

February 26, 2018 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

Maintaining and restoring forests while also reducing hazards while also reducing hazards can result in significant amounts of biomass.  Introducing bochar production in lieu of burning slash piles can offer both economic and environmental benefits.  Three researchers from the U.S. Forestry Service, Dr. Deb Page-Dumroese, Dr. Nate Anderson and Dr. Ted Bilek will discuss why forestry operations should consider on-site biochar production.  A brief review of results from using biochar on forest, range and mine site trials conducted by the U.S. Forestry Service will be included.

Key supply chain and economic aspects of biochar production based on recent field studies and examinationof biochar as both a co-product and primary product will be presented.  The discussion will include production scenarios for a range of scales from small (25 kg per hour) to large enterprises (2500 kg per hour) using woody biomass as feedstock.

On-site biochar production can help improve the economics of biomass from felling and reduce transportation needs.  The economics of a small-scale near-forest biochar system will be discussed, along with minimum selling prices, and opportunities to improve margins.


Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members

To Register:

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar.

IBI Members may access a recording of the webinar via the Members' Only website (go to upcoming webinars section).

Non-IBI members may access a recording of the webinar for a $40 fee by clicking here.


Dr. Deb Page-Dumroese

Dr. Debbie Page-Dumroese is a Research Soil Scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Moscow, ID.  She has been involved in assessing the long-term productivity of forest soils for many years and has worked on sustaining forest growth after harvesting and site preparation.  She has worked for the past decade on minimizing the impacts of slash pile burning while finding a better use for unmerchantable logging residues.  This lead to using biochar to improve forest, range, and abandoned mine soils around the western US.  Debbie has a dozen diverse field sites where biochar application is used to restore soil and hydrologic function.  Debbie has a Ph.D. in Forest Soils from the University of Idaho, an MS in Forest Soils from Michigan Technological University, and a BS in Natural Resource Management from Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Nate Anderson

Dr. Nate Anderson is a Research Forester with the Roacky Mountain Research Station of the U.S. Forest Serive in Missoula, Montana, where he studies forest resources management and economics.  He is a co-Principal Investigator and member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) and was Director of a 5-year USDA-NIFA funded Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) project - both of which have significant biochar research components.  Nate has a Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland, and a BS in Biology from Bates College.



Dr. Ted Bilek

Dr. Bilek has been at the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) since 2000.  His speciality is financial feasiblity analysis.  He has developed integrated and flexible and powerful techno-economic models for forestry and forest-based industries.  Recent work has focused on woody biomass utilization and has included projects involving wood gasification, log sort yards, carbon sequestration, torrefaction, biochar, and nanotechnology.  He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology.


Moderator: Kathleen Draper

Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and Chair of IBI's Information Hub.  She is also the U.S. Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence.  The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world.  She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute.  Kathleen also works with various different opportunities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste.  She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is co-author of the book "Terra Preta: How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce Worlkd Hunger."

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