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KCT is implementing a Biochar Pilot Project. Our trial burns are set for October 2022.


KCT has partnered with three local producers to turn their waste biomass from forest residuals, agriculture waste, and clean construction waste into biochar. We are also working with local composters, farmers, and foresters who will process and apply the biochar on their lands. Our first trial burns will commence after wildfire season ends this fall. Some of the biochar produced will be applied directly to forests in Whatcom County, while the rest will be co-composted and applied to local farms within a year of production. The Pilot is 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.

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Converting forest slash to biochar can help stabilize road beds and decrease erosion after logging operations. Conservation burns, shown at bottom, are a low tech pyrolysis option that significantly reduce smoke emissions compared to conventional slash pile burning. (Top: KCT Site Visit, Spring 2022. Photo Credit: KCT Sarah Parker)


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

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