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Kelpie Wilson
Oregon, USA
I am a mechanical engineer by training, a writer and analyst by profession and a lover of nature, gardens, beauty and art.
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Butte College, Butte County Fire Safe Council, Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council and the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve are sponsoring a week of biochar production workshops early in 2020. I will bring a bunch of Oregon Kilns and we will make biochar in Concow, CA and Paradise, CA - site of the devastating 2018 Camp Fire. All are welcome to attend the classroom and field demonstration days. Butte College students unloading Oregon Kilns in preparation for the Biochar Production Workshop. Here is the schedule of events: ON-SITE BIOCHAR PRODUCTION WORKSHOP IN BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 6-10, 2020 PROGRAM SCHEDULE... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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It was a busy fall, but lots of fun. I got to meet dozens of biochar enthusiasts, farmers, foresters, arborists and backyard tinkerers. And lots of natural resource professionals who want to help others learn how to make and use biochar. So here are few pictures to share from my travels and adventures with biochar: North Dakota, November 6-9 It was cold. Heat from biochar kilns very much appreciated. Once we quenched the kilns, it was time to go inside and warm up! Professors and students at Dakota College in Bottineau are doing biochar experiments in the greenhouse. Fraga Farm,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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My friend Darren McAvoy and his crew did a really nice job on this handout that explains how they use the Oregon Kiln and other flame cap kilns to convert hazardous fuels into biochar. Download the brochure here: https://forestry.usu.edu/files/utah-forest-facts/utah-forest-facts-hazardous-fuels-reduction-make-biochar.pdf Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
A Carbon Conservation Corps for Mobile Biochar Production A Carbon Conservation Corps for Mobile Biochar Production Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Wilson Biochar Associates conducted a session of workshops and biochar production trials for NDSU during the week of April 15 – 19, 2019. Read my report here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Here is the presentation that I gave on a proposal for a Biochar CCC (Carbon Conservation Corps) to turn forestry slash piles into biochar while employing youth in meaningful work. Biochar, not smoke! Download CCC Presentation Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
This link takes you to my presentation on a proposal for a Biochar CCC: https://vimeopro.com/user63883672/2019-forest-biomass-and-the-bioeconomy/page/3 To view, type in this password: 2019BiocharRecord In addition, you can watch Grant Scheve of Rogue Biochar: Case study: Making Biochar and Bioenergy at a Fixed-Location Biochar Plant Kamalakanta Sahoo, USFS: Economics of Equipment and Biochar Valuation: What Makes and Loses Money in the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Market? Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Justus von Liebig and the Roots of Modern Biochar. Kelpie Wilson. Ithaka Journal. August 2013. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Biochar in the 19th Century. US Biochar Conference 2013 in Amherst, MA. Opening plenary talk by Kelpie Wilson,October 14, 2013 Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Odor in Commercial Scale Compost: Literature Review and Critical Analysis. Ma, J., Wilson, K., Zhao, Q., Yorgey, G., & Frear, C. Washington State Department of Ecology. November 2013. Includes a history of biochar, literature review and reference section, as well as recommendations for using biochar in composting systems. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Biochar Wood Vinegar: An Alternative to Ag Chemicals Download 2016_Wilson-WV-TCIA. Kelpie Wilson. Tree Care Industry Magazine. June 2016. Learning to Burn and Make Biochar Not Smoke Download TCI_Mag_Feb2014_Burn_School Kelpie Wilson. Tree Care Industry Magazine. February 2014. Biochar for Arborists. Download Biochar_for_Arborists_Kelpie_Wilson Kelpie Wilson. Tree Care Industry Magazine. September 2012. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Scholz, S. B., Sembres, T., Roberts, K., Whitman, T., Wilson, K., & Lehmann, J. (2014). Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture. World Bank Publications. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Wilson, Kelpie (2014). How Biochar Works in Soil. the Biochar Journal, Arbaz, Switzerland. ISSN 2297-1114, http://www.biochar-journal.org/en/ct/32-How-biochar-works-in-soil, Version of 31st October 2014 Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Standards and Certification Programs and Their Impact on Biochar Industry Development. Kelpie Wilson. Presented at ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA. Nov 4, 2014 Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Wilson, Kelpie (2015). Biochar Return on Investment in Fruit and Nut Orchard Production. Wilson Biochar Associates White Paper. August 24, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Wilson, Kelpie (2015). Biochar for Forest Restoration in the Western United States. Wilson Biochar Associates White Paper for South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP). September 18, 2015 (revised March 15, 2016). Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Wilson, Kelpie. (2017). Converting Shelterbelt Biomass to Biochar: A feasibility analysis by Wilson Biochar Associates for North Dakota Forest Service. North Dakota State University – North Dakota Forest Service, Bismarck, North Dakota, February 10, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
WBA supplied biochar kilns and educational resources for the project. More info here: http://www.utahbiomassresources.org/biochar/biochar-research-utah/reducing-hazardous-fuels-using-low-cost-biochar-kilns-in-four-utah-counties And here is a video of the biochar demonstration we did for this project on May 17, 2017: Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Utah State University Learn at Lunch Webinar with Kelpie Wilson, presented July 25,2017 Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Southern Rockies Fire Science Network has created a page of materials based on the work of UBET and Wilson Biochar Associates. It's great to have these all in one place, accessible to fire science professionals! Here is the link: http://www.southernrockiesfirescience.org/fuel-treatment-test/2017/6/21/hack-the-carbon-cycle-to-keep-smoke-out-of-the-atmosphere-with-biochar-burning-practices Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Waste to Wisdom: Subtask 4.7 Download W2W Biochar LCA Final Report Prepared by: Maureen Puettmann WoodLife Environmental Consultants CORRIM, Director of Operations; Kelpie Wilson Wilson Biochar Associates; Elaine Oneil, University of Washington, Research Scientist CORRIM, Director of Science and Sustainability Final Report December 2017 Updated March 2018 Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
Fire-adapted forests need fire to function properly and they need charcoal for nutrient cycling in soils. Watch for free! Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Download Biochar for Small Woodland Owners Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Wilson Biochar Associates