Pacific Northwest Biochar Atlas

Overview: 

This is a regional resource for biochar users and producers. Learn what biochar is, its benefits, how to make it and who is producing it. Read case studies describing benefits of using it. This resource provides guidance to farmers, gardeners, and other end-users on the potential benefits of biochars, including decision support tools to assist with soil amendments including Soil Data Explorer using data from NRCS, selecting a biochar type and amendment rate using the Biochar Selection Tool, and a Cost-benefit analysis tool. This site supports producers of biochar by sharing current scientific research on biochar as well as industry evaluation of biochar in the Pacific Northwest region.

Purpose: 

A growing body of evidence suggests that biochars can provide “win-win-win” solutions to sustain rural livelihoods, preserve natural ecosystems, and adapt to climate variability. Our objective is to share a range of tools, reports, and evaluations of biochars’ abilities to provide these benefits.

The purpose of this Atlas is to:
1. Provide guidance to farmers, gardeners, and other end-users on the potential benefits of biochars, including decision support tools to select biochar types and amendment rates.
2. Support biochar producers, by sharing state-of-the-science and state-of the-industry evaluations for the PNW region.
3. Share case studies from early adopters.

Outputs: 

Outputs:
Informational resources, biochar selection to suit your goals along with amendment rates.

Tool Developers: 

Claire L. Phillips & Kristin M. Trippe, USDA Agricultural Research Service, in Corvallis, Oregon. Additional support provided by Sarah Light, the University of California and Adam Lindsley, the Department of Crop and Soil Science Oregon State University

Audience: 
Researcher
Extension
Producer
Land Manager
Time Investment: 
Medium
Spatial Scale: 
Farm/Forest
Time Scale: 
Season