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KCT completed a Biochar Pilot Project at the end of 2022 that resulted in the sequestration of 115+ tons of CO2eq from the atmosphere. Read more about this project below:


KCT partnered with three local organizations to turn their waste biomass from forest residuals, agriculture waste, and clean construction waste into biochar. The first trial burns occurred in October 2022 and were completed by December 2022.

Some of the biochar produced was applied directly to forests in Whatcom County, while the rest was co-composted and applied to local farm lands shortly after the inoculation period was complete. The Pilot was supported by workgroup members with diverse experience and expertise. Our partners include U.S Biochar Initiative, Blue Forest, Regen Network, American Farmland Trust, Cloud Mountain Farm, Janicki Logging, and Branch Out.

Haven't heard of biochar? 

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Converting forest slash to biochar can help stabilize road beds and decrease erosion after logging operations. Kiln burns, shown at top, are a low tech pyrolysis option that significantly reduce smoke emissions compared to conventional slash pile burning.


KCT has established two workgroups to ensure that the Pilot design was replicable, scalable, and based on proven methods. The Implementation Workgroup identified best practices and key metrics to track to produce biochar at scale. The Valorization Workgroup identified methodologies to monitor, report, and verify sequestered carbon to create valuable carbon and ecosystem service credits.

Special Thanks to our Funders

Our work would not be possible without financial support from the following organizations and community members

Skagit Conservation District


Whatcom Conservation District

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