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Past Webinars

Strategic forest operations for forest management and biochar production

Recording of Webinar

The speaker is Dr. Jeremy S. Fried. He is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service at PNW Research Station. He has a Ph.D. in Forest Management and Forest Economics from University of California, Berkeley. He has been working with the Forest Service Research and Development for 22 years. Dr. Fried research addresses problems and opportunities related to the management of U.S. forests, informed by inventory science and data. He has evaluated, at landscape scale, the trajectories of stand-level forest fire hazard with and without management using the BioSum modeling framework. This framework also returns insights on the potential supply of merchantable wood and sub merchantable wood suitable for biomass-based bioenergy, transportation fuels or biochar in connection with landscape fuel treatments, and the greenhouse gas mitigation implications of treatment alternatives. If you want to know more about his work please go to https://www.fs.fed.us/research/people/profile.php?alias=jsfried

The event will be on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern time. To connect to the webinar, please go to the following link below.

https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/rd-1000/
or
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1

Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694
Access Code: 4178341#

Wildland Fires & Deficit Farm Soil Organic Matter (OM): An argument for OM Redistribution & Monetizing Slash

The speaker is Jim Archuleta. Jim is the USDA FS-R6 Regional Wood Innovations Coordinator. He has been with the Forest Service 25 years promoting forest soil health in a variety of ways. Providing analysis in support of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Finding various organic amendment applications for pumice soils to improve vegetation production. Completing two equipment patents; for equipment to eliminate detrimental soil impacts from past forest management. He manages an average of 10 million dollars of federal reimbursable grants in any given year. Over his career he has also been honored with several recognitions for soils work. 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.

The event will be on Thursday, April 15th, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern time. To connect to the webinar, please use the link
https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/rd-1000/ or http://www.forestrywebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1

The conference call number is 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Access Code: 2973100#

For this webinar real-time captioning services will be available during the webinar at the following site: https://www.captionedtext.com/client/event.aspx?EventID=4740685&CustomerID=321

Forest management and biochar: building resilient ecosystems

The Speaker is: Dr. Debbie Page - Dumroese, a research soil scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station who has studied the impacts of harvest operations on soil processes and long-term soil productivity. For the past decade she has worked to reduce slash pile burning by finding uses for low value woody biomass. In particular, she has installed a dozen forest and range field studies that examine the impacts and benefits of adding biochar to the soil. She will talk about forest management and woody biomass-derived biochar, its properties and how it helps to build resilient ecosystems.

The event will be on Thursday, March 18th, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern time. To connect to the webinar, please use the link
https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/rddco-500/ or http://www.forestrywebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1

The conference call number is 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 6117276#

Forest Management for increasing Carbon sequestration with biochar

The Speaker is Carlos Rodriguez Franco from the USDA Forest Service Research and Development. Carlos is a 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, the USA.

This is the first webinar of this year in Monthly Biochar Webinar Series that the Forest Service is organizing in partnership with the US Biochar Initiative and The Southern Regional Extension Forestry. The event is on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern time. To connect to the webinar, please use the link https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/rddco-1000/ or http://forestrywebinars.net/webinars/forest-management-for-increasing-carbon-sequestration-with-biochar.

The conference call number is: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 2616631#

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.

The event is on . To connect to the webinar, please go to the following link: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/rddco-1000/ or http://www.forestrywebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1 The conference call number is: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 6901110#

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.