Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Biochar Burn Day – Monday November 23rd

Contact: Kenny Houck (IVCDO) at 541-956-7275 or Kelpie Wilson (Illinois Valley Forest Collaborative) at 541-218-9890 or 541-592-3083

Biochar Burn Day – Monday November 23rd

Volunteers are invited to come help make biochar from burn piles generated by the Page Creek Community Forestry Project. Volunteers will be able to take some biochar home with them at the end of the day.

Please join us at the end of Page Creek Rd at 8:30 am on Nov 23rd. We will work until the project is done or until dark. Feel free to come for all or part of the day and bring work gloves and snacks or a lunch. If you have shovels and rakes, please bring them.

A crew from Grayback Forestry will help us re-stack several dozen burn piles into loose ricks for biochar production. After re-stacking the piles, we will light them on the top and they will burn down to coals. We will use backpack water pumps to quench the coals and save them as biochar. Volunteers are needed to help tend the fires and spread the coals out with rakes to cool more quickly.

We will provide bags for volunteers to load up some of the biochar to take home and use in their own gardens.

A group of citizens has been working with the US Forest Service for several years now to plan and implement a pilot project for community-based forest restoration management on 80 acres near Takilma.  Last spring the group held a pole sale from thinning of a 50-year-old plantation at the end of Page Creek Road. The burn piles are from slash generated by the pole logging.

Directions to Page Creek Project Area: Take Takilma Road south, past the Dome School and turn Left on Page Creek Road. Go past the Out 'n' About Treehouse Resort and past several fields to where the forest starts. You will you see a group of vehicles in the field on the right. Park there and walk into the forest on the left side of the road.

How to Make Biochar from a Burn Pile:

Stack wood in a loose pile or open rick

Light it on top
Top lighting makes a clean burn - barely any smoke
When the pile collapse, it's time to quench
Quench and save your biochar

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