The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is listening to Oregon landowners and catering to a growing interest in biochar.

“There’s talk among landowners that there’s a lack of information and people to walk you through the process and give you best practices, so we jumped on it pretty fast,” District Conservation Education Program Manager Charlotte Trowbridge said.

“The community interest was already there. What was lacking was a facilitated educational event to connect people with experts and each other,” she said.

Biochar is the product leftover from strategically burning biomass or slash. But knowing where the stopping point is in the burn and how the process works – it is slower and cooler burning than a prescribed fire, for example – is the key to successfully adopting the practice for private landowners.