Kelpie Wilson is a mechanical engineer and analyst with 35 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. She has worked in the biochar industry since 2008 and was a founding board member of the US Biochar Initiative. She manages the Biochar in the Woods network to promote biochar production in place to benefit native ecosystems. Kelpie researches and teaches techniques for using biochar in compost and manure management, and presents many biochar workshops each year to farmers, foresters, and land owners. She lives in rural Oregon, where she makes biochar compost and grows a large organic vegetable garden.