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Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center
Educational Webcast Series
Agronomic and Environmental Uses of Biochar
August 21, 2015
2:30 pm (eastern), 1:30 pm (central), 12:30 pm (mountain), 11:30 am (pacific)

Master Gardeners Discovery Garden
River Forks Park
Roseburg, OR 97471

Saturday, October 17, 2015 is our next Biochar Expo. It is at the Master Gardeners Discovery Garden near River Forks Park west of Roseburg. We’ll start mid-morning with updates about a range of activities: garden tests, the Duchess Sanctuary test; grant application results, results at Formosa Mine using biochar to help establish grasses on mine tailings, emerging markets for biochar. In the afternoon, we’ll demonstrate small-scale pyrolysis devices; some might be up-scaled for farm and forest use. Please let Jim Long know if you plan to come or offer to help; that’ll help us plan. You can email Jim at

The Kennedy Jenks project that used biochar as part of a stormwater filter in a busy log yard for the Port of Tacoma was a winner of the American Association of Port Authorities 2014 Environmental Improvement Award.

Port Townsend Paper Co Biochar filtration totes, photo: Scott Wilson

Port Townsend Paper Company has been using biochar in downspout filter totes to capture metals flowing off the roofs and keep them out of stormwater run-off. There is a great write-up of this project in the Port Townsend Leader:

On December 11th, 2014 the US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) hosted a meeting of the Northwest Biochar Working Group in Salem, Oregon.

The meeting brought together interested members of the Northwest Biochar community to share information, lessons learned, and to solicit ideas on the pathway forward for the development of biochar as a commercial activity in the region.

Participants discussed common market development challenges across five biochar industry segments: agriculture, horticulture, filtration, and land remediation. The meeting also reviewed survey results from previous meetings (namely the 2012 NW Biochar Working Group event in Olympia, WA) as well as collected new data from 2014 participants.

Matt Delaney and other NW Biochar Working Group stakeholders will develop a strategy paper that articulates key themes from the 2014 meeting, and identify opportunities for collective action to help propel the biochar market forward. The paper will be released in February 2015.

For more information contact Matt Delaney ( ).


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