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The Promise of Biochar for Forests, Grasslands, and Farms

Forest Service soil scientist Jim Archuleta first learned of biochar’s promise a few years ago when one of his colleagues mentioned it while they carpooled to and from work.

“He was a wildlife biologist who wanted to feed elk,” Archuleta said. “He was trying to improve their forage in the middle of the summer on the Umpqua National Forest in Southwestern Oregon, a nutrient-poor environment.”