The concept of place-based biochar is inspired by Indigenous management practices that shaped the landscapes of the American West before the arrival of European settlers. One hallmark of these practices was frequent landscape burning that cleared the forest understory, leaving biochar as a byproduct. This created a forest ecosystem that was more resistant to extreme wildfire. As the current drought and wildfire risk persist and increase, we hope to increase awareness of biochar’s potential benefits across Southwestern landscapes- for contributing to soil health, particularly drought resilience, and for mitigating the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Join us for a discussion with Kelpie Wilson of Wilson Biochar on making and using biochar everywhere from gardens to forests.
Contact CJ Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.