Oslo Event Puts Biochar in Spotlight

Sonoma Ecology Center’s Biochar Initiative is headed to Norway. Raymond Baltar, our biochar program manager, has been invited to join a panel discussion on greenhouse gas drawdown strategies at a climate conference in Oslo, Norway in early January. The panel is made...

Sorrowful, Determined, Thankful

For Sonoma Valley residents, the worst part about the latest round of California wildfires isn’t the smoke itself – smoke which, due to the fires in Butte County, has caused the longest stretch of days of bad air quality in the Bay Area in recorded history. But for...

How Wise Land Use Can Make Us Safer

The facts are depressing and disturbing: across California wildfires will be a part of our lives every summer, and floods every winter, for the foreseeable future. Overall they are expected to increase in frequency and severity and – for any specific location, such as...

Preparing for Sonoma Valley Wildfires

Certain wildfires remain fresh in people’s minds in these parts. One was in 1923, when a fast-moving blaze swept westward through the Mayacamas and into Sonoma Valley, reducing much of the Springs to ashes. Four decades later, in 1964, the Nunns Canyon Fire followed a...

SBI Builds ‘Forest to Farm’ Biochar Operation in Mendocino

The reach of our Sonoma Biochar Initiative continues to grow, with SBI director Raymond Baltar – who is also executive director of the newly formed California Biochar Association – now making weekly trips to Mendocino County as a project manager for Redwood Forest...

30 Ways to Honor World Environment Day Locally

Did you know today is World Environment Day? Recognized globally, June 5 is a chance for all of us to show the world our love and support of the natural environment on which we depend. This worldwide day reminds us that the most profound environmentalism is always...