Biochar: Another use for woody debris

Handful of biochar

Matthew Weaver article, Researcher examines biochar use in forests, in the Capital Press intrigued me. For years I have extolled the benefits of debris piles for wildlife habitat in woods with low wildfire risk. The piles provide homes for rabbits and other species while the branches decay. Deborah Page-Dumroese, research soil scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station recommends burning woody debris or slashpiles and using the biochar to amend forest soil, especially soil with low organic matter. The biochar retains moisture, stores carbon, and may improve tree growth. Read the article to learn more about biochars benefits including potential value to gardeners.