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    Forestry Practices Tour

    16th Annual Timber Harvest/Forestry Practices Tour & Biochar Demonstration

    PARTNERS: USU Extension, State of Utah: Lone Peak Engines, Division of Natural Resources - Forestry, Intermountain Society of American Foresters

    ABSTRACT

    The 16th Annual Timber Harvest Tour included stops along an aspen/Douglas-fir thinning operation on private land that was undertaken to improve forest health. We also demonstrated a simple biochar production technique that involved the use of a low-cost, metal kiln.  

    OBJECTIVES

    The objective of this forestry practices tour was to demonstrate a productive partnership between private and public entities, while showcasing the efforts of an ongoing thinning operation. In this area, aspen and Douglas-fir are densely populated - a situation that increases risks for fire, disease, and insect transmission, and generally reduces forest health. This project highlights a simple and low-cost way to tackle these problems - by using a biochar kiln to dispose of thinned biomass. This technique has positive implications for forest soil health because instead of dispensing of thinned biomass using slash and burn piles, the biomass is contained in a metal kiln protects forest soils. Following this process, the biochar is spread on the forest floor in varying depths as a part of a research study investigating responses to biochar applications. 

    PICTURES

    Forestry Practices Tour 2017Forestry Practices Tour, Pictured: Darren McAvoy

    Pre-burn talk, Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Pictured, left, Scott Zeidler, right, Darren McAvoy

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017

    Loading biochar kiln, Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Loading biochar kiln

    Loading biochar kiln, Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Loading biochar kiln

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Active burn

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Active burn

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Active burn

    PJ Abraham, Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Pictured: PJ Abraham, active burn

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Quenching biochar

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Quenching biochar

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Quenched biochar

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Quenched biochar

    Forestry Practices Tour, 2017Finished biochar