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Upcoming Webinars

Biochar as carbon emissions negative technology and climate change

The Speaker is Carlos Rodriguez Franco from the USDA Forest Service Research and Development. He is Senior Forester; He earned a doctorate degree in Forest Sciences from Yale University, a master's degree in Silviculture from Colegio de Postgraduados and a bachelor's degree in Forest Engineering from Chapingo Autonomous University both in Mexico. He has written more than 90 scientific articles on subjects related to forest inventories, silviculture, forest management, plant production techniques, forest plantations, and agroforestry systems published in Mexico and the USA. Some of his contributions were his participation in the "Forestry Compendium" published by CAB International in the United Kingdom, and the book "Pines of silvicultural importance" that was published by CAB International.

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Past Webinars

Techno-Economic and Lifecycle Assessments of Biochar Production from Forest Residues

Presenter: Kamalakanta Sahoo, Assistant Scientist at the Forest Service’s Forest Product Laboratory (FPL). His research focused on bio-based product’s system analysis including techno-economic analysis (TEA), lifecycle assessment (LCA), machine learning and big data, and design and simulation of sustainable bioenergy/bioproduct supply chain. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology. Tune in on September 24, 2020 at 11:00 pm US/Eastern.

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Biochar for Innovative Products

Presenter: Kathleen Draper, board member for the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) and Chair of IBI’s Information Hub. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence, 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.

View the recorded webinar, which took place on August  2020.

The Economics of Biochar

Presenter: Dr. Dan McCollum, Forest Service economist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, CO. He holds a Ph.D. on Economics from University of Wisconsin on Industrial Organization/Applied Microeconomics and has been with the Forest Service since 1987 as an economist doing research on identification and valuation of wildland resource benefits.

View the recorded webinar, which took place on July 23, 2020.

Forest woody biomass operations and biomass production

Presenter: Dr. Nate Anderson, Research Forester at the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. He has a PhD in Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York, an MS in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, and a BS in Biology from Bates College. His work is focused on three critical areas of bioenergy and bioproducts research and development: 1) sustainable and economically efficient forest biomass management and production systems, 2) competitive low-emissions biofuels and bioenergy conversion technologies deployed in the forest sector, and 3) information and tools for decision making and policy analysis related to forest biomass utilization. This webinar will cover information on biochar related to Forest woody biomass operations and biomass production.

View the recorded webinar, which took place on June 25, 2020.

Biochar from Forest to the Farm

Presenter: Jim Archuleta, Forest Service Regional Wood Innovations Coordinator. He has been with the Forest Service for 25 years promoting forest soil health in a variety of ways. He provides analysis in support of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), researches organic amendment applications for pumice soils to improve vegetation production, and has completed two equipment patents for equipment that eliminates detrimental soil impacts from past forest management. He manages an average of 10 million dollars of federal reimbursable grants anually, and over his career he has been honored with several recognitions for soils work with the he recently received the Chief's Awards (FS), Under Secretary's Award (USDA) and the 70th Secretary’s Honor (USDA) for work in Wood Innovations. This webinar covers information on biochar related to animal bedding, irrigated lands, high value crops, and improving forest soil with biochar.

View the recorded webinar, which took place on May 21, 2020.

Biochar Production Technologies

Presenter: Tom Miles, president of Technical Consultants Inc. a private consulting practice formed in 1997 to provide technical assistance primarily to industry for complete system design, product and process development for the wood, food, agricultural, waste and energy industries. He is the Chair of the U.S. Biochar Initiative. A not-for-profit organization promoting the sustainable production and use of biochar through research, policy, technology, and application. This webinar covers information on biochar related to slash pile building, on-site conversion (including small mobile units), bioenergy facilities, sawmills, compost facilities and more

View the recorded webinar, which took place on April 14, 2020.

Biochar - What is it?

Presenter: Dr. Debbie Page-Dumroese, Forest Service Research Soil Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station. She focuses on long-term soil productivity, maintenance of surface organic matter, and ensuring healthy ecosystems that are resilient to fire, insects, and disease. Her research has covered carbon sequestration, harvest methods, site preparation, and fire impacts on soil chemical, biological, and physical properties. I also study biochar impacts, biomass utilization, nutrient cycling, long-term productivity, organic matter, and how temperature and moisture regulate decomposition processes.  In partnership with the Missoula Technology Development Center (Keith Windell) and Dr. Nate Anderson (RMRS, Missoula) she developed a biochar spreader to easily distribute biochar on forest sites.

View the recorded webinar, which took place on March 19, 2020.