I have a goal of selling 4,000 T-shirts to buy a pellet mill to utilize more pinyon juniper and restore more wildlife habitat. Pinyon juniper has expanded onto the sagebrush steppe choking out sagebrush and other plants that 350+ species rely on. My plan is to prove pinyon juniper can be used economically and profitably so more acres of habitat can be restored each year. My goal is restore 10,000 acres or more of habitat each year and provide much needed jobs. I plan to donate a portion of my profits to a wildlife charity to reseed the areas I have cut further enhancing the habitat. The time is now to restore this habitat and you can help today by buying a shirt and sharing with your friends. Together we can make a difference for many years to come.
450 Acre project that was just cut and left. This could of been utilized into pellets, biochar and firewood.
Frequently asked questions.
Is anyone currently utilizing pinyon juniper in this way?
No no one is currentlyutilizing pinyon juniper like i am trying to. Most of the pinyon juniper thatis cut on federal contracts is just being left to rot. I want to change thatwith utilization so more acreage can be restored each year.
Are you clear cuttingthese trees?
No. All the contractsare on B.L.M. land and they have very specific requirements to follow includinghow many trees can be cut, how much slash has to be left and what equipment canbe used.
Why should I support acompany that wants to cut on federal land?
The cutting willcontinue to be done as it has been in the past under these contracts. Thedifference is I will make my profit off of the products I create, whereascurrent contractors are making their money off of doing the cutting. I have topay to take the trees off the contract and with making the profit off theproducts I can bid lower which will allow more acres to be restored underB.L.M.s limited budget.
What about globalwarming? Aren't you going to release more carbon?
First these trees aregoing to be cut one way or another releasing the carbon they hold. Many federalagencies now list biomass as carbon neutral as well. With the new E.P.A.efficiency standards firewood and pellets are cleaner to burn and can helpreplace fossil fuel and coal for heating. I also produce biochar whichpermanently sequesters 3 pounds of carbon for each pound put in the ground.Biochar also reduces water usage 50%, increases water penetration and waterholding capacity, and keeps 80% of the nutrients in the soil from leachingaway. This can really help a ton with the current drought.
Isn't pinyon juniperto tough to utilize?
Pinyon juniper areboth tough woods yes. But there has been several field trials demonstratingequipment that can process it efficiently. I have over 7 years of research intothis and all the products have been tested and proven viable, the pellets havenot been commercially produced yet. With 26.4 million B.T.U.s per cord pinyonjuniper is far superior to other woods currently being used for pellets. Thesepellets can help people use less pellets to heat their house and save money.
Why are you sellingT-shirts to buy the pellet mill?
With no one currentlyutilizing pinyon juniper this way it is to high risk for banks to loan on. Ihave spent many years building my business and putting all my profits into growingit. I have built a firewood kiln and biochar retort. I have acquired all therequired equipment including trucks, trailers, chainsaws, log splitter,firewood bundler and packaging equipment. My goal for the last 10 years hasbeen to make this a reality and restore the habitat at landscape level. Lastyear at the age of 30 I started having heart attacks, that with a warm winterleft not enough profits to reinvest into this pellet mill. I am now healthy buta scare like that has got me more focused and urgent to complete this project.I want to get the pellet mill in production this year so I can expand this. Itwill take 2 months from the time I order until the mill can be in production.
Below is my press release.
100,000 Acres of Sagebrush Habitat Lost Each Year in the Great Basin
Caliente Firewood, Utilizing Pinyon Juniper into wood pellets, to restore critical sagebrush habitat for 350+ species through t-shirt sales and Go Fund Me.
Caliente, Nevada July 12 2015. Caliente Firewood announced today that it is raising funds via T-shirt sales and Go Fund Me to purchase a small pellet mill to continue utilizing pinyon juniper to restore critical sagebrush habitat. The company set out to sell 4,000 T-shirts or raise $40,000 through Go Fund Me. This pellet mill is the last piece of their utilization strategy and will allow them to restore sagebrush habitat at a landscape level.
With the suppression of wildfires in the Great Basin and other factors, pinyon juniper has expanded 10 fold in the last 150 years. Tree coverage of the sagebrush steppe has gone from less than one third to over two thirds of the Great Basin now totaling 17.6 million acres of pinyon juniper woodlands. Pinyon Juniper woodlands are classified in three phases. Phase 1 some trees are present but sagebrush and other herbaceous plants dominate the landscape, this is the historical norm. Phase 2 Trees are covering more of the landscape but sagebrush and other shrubs are still present. Phase 3 Trees dominate the landscape with little to no underbrush present. Phase 3 results in an increase in soil erosion due to the lack of underbrush and a much greater risk of catastrophic fires. When phase 3 burns the chances of it returning to a sagebrush community are very small with most areas turning into invasive weeds such as cheat grass after the fire. With 100,000 acres per year turning into phase 3 in the Great Basin the loss of habitat for 350+ species of the sagebrush steppe is alarming.
Currently Pinyon Juniper is treated by mastication, chaining, lop and scatter and controlled burns. These treatments cost from$10 to $600 per acre to complete with the average being $80 to $100 per acre. The cost of these treatments limits the amount of acres that can be treated each year, and leave the trees on the ground to rot with very little utilization of the trees. Utilization of pinyon juniper can reduce the cost of these treatments and increase the amount of acres that can be treated and restored each year. Caliente Firewood currently produces firewood, fence posts and biochar. Adding pellets will allow more trees to be utilized and restore more acres of habitat each year. Very little utilization of these trees is currently being done as it is to labor intensive. By using the entire tree Caliente Firewood will prove that pinyon juniper can be harvested and utilized economically and made into many profitable products so utilization can be expanding to other areas of the Great Basin and the west. Gary Barnett owner of Caliente Firewood states “My goal is to restore 10,000 acres or more of habitat for each location and bring in 50 to 100 much needed jobs to each of these locations.” Caliente Firewood plans to donate a portion of all profits to a wildlife charity to reseed the areas cut to further enhance the habitat.
The loss of sagebrush habitat from pinyon juniper has adversely affected population size of the 350+ species that live on the sagebrush steppe. Pinyon juniper expansion is listed as a major factor resulting in the decline of Sage Grouse,which are currently under consideration for being listed as an endangered or threatened species. Studies have shown that sage grouse prefer habitat with less that 5% pinyon juniper coverage. Sage grouse avoid areas where pinyon juniper has grown to a width of more than 200 feet. Removal of pinyon juniper has shown great results for sage grouse, doubling the number of males on a lek in the second and third year of treatment. Sage grouse, mule deer, pygmy rabbits and other species are declining in numbers due to the loss of habitat, but all respond favorably to removal of pinyon juniper. With the loss of 100,000 acres a year of habitat, utilization of pinyon juniper is needed to restore this habitat before more damage is done. You can help today by buying a T\-shirt today [https://represent.com/restoring\-critical\-wildlife\-habitat](https://represent.com/restoring\-critical\-wildlife\-habitat)or donating here [http://www.gofundme.com/restoringhabitat](http://www.gofundme.com/restoringhabitat)
Caliente Firewood was founded in 2009 in Caliente, Nevada and owned By Gary Barnett. Caliente Firewood was founded to find ways to utilize pinyon juniper in Lincoln County, Nevada which is the 7th largest county in land size and 97.9% federal land. Caliente Firewood built the first firewood kiln in the area in 2014. In 2015 Caliente Firewood built a retort to produce biochar from tree branches. Biochar can reduce water usage by 50%, increase water penetration and water holding capacity, retain 80% of nutrients in the soil and sequester 3 pounds of carbon for every pound of biochar put in the ground.