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How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass: San Juan Island

Engaging with woodland owners in San Juan County to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability.

Increasingly, forest owners in San Juan County are seeking guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration. For the past six years, NNRG and our partners have worked in many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, and hosting tours and classes.

In 2018, we are hosting a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire, diseases, and lost value in their woods by removing and using the extra woody biomass in creative and productive ways.

How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | San Juan Island


Pick up all the tips and tricks San Juan forest owners have learned to safely and successfully manufacture biochar, a valuable charcoal used to amend soils. Focus will be on using woody biomass derived from forest thinning.

Converting excess woody biomass to a valuable soil amendment

Biochar, a soil amendment made from woody biomass like branches and small-diameter trees, presents an opportunity for landowners to convert forest thinnings to a high-value product. Removing excess biomass from dense, crowded San Juan forests is an important way to increase fire resilience and improve ecological health. This workshop will cover all the tips and tricks San Juan County landowners have discovered to successfully and safely manufacture optimal biochar.

This workshop is the third in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. You may also be interested in our February 24th workshop, Thinning Overstocked Stands for Health and Productivity, and our April 28th workshop, Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests.

Topics include:

  • How to manufacture biochar, from biomass harvest to end product
  • Uses for biochar, from farming to gardening
  • Tools to market and sell biochar


  • Check back soon for speaker information

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 2018
WHERE: San Juan Island, WA - workshop location and times will be sent to registrants.

All forest owners are encouraged to attend!
For more information, go to:

This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to grant funding from:

Risk Management Agency



San Juan Islands Conservation District
Rain Shadow Consulting
Forage Media