The ancient civilizations of the Amazon used biochar for their waste streams and, today, their soils retain fertility. Thousands of years later this process has been re-discovered by, primarily, Cornell University. Today, biochar is elemental carbon refined from biomass and made cleanly using today's technology.
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This symposium is designed for farmers, foresters, researchers, policy makers, biochar producers and entrepreneurs, and especially students and citizens who want to learn about biochar as an alternative to fossil fuel-based fertilizers/pesticides and energy.
USBI has arranged with the Helena (MT) National Forest to plant up to 2000 trees in the Cave Gulch-Maudlow Tosten Fire Rehabilitation area. Depending on the variety they plant (ponderosa pine, douglas fir, lodge pole pine or spruce) this could cover five to ten acres.