The Trident Sustainable Forest Product Initiative is a land management concept that involves harvesting vegetation and wood fibre and transforming those liabilities into beneficial inputs for sustainable forest products like goats, biochar and greenhouse agricultural products. Sales of these products offset industrial maintenance costs and improve the bottom line for land managers. Adopting the three maintenance practices on your property creates a synergy that has incredible environmental benefits and can create economic opportunity from vegetation and residual fibre liabilities.
Raising a herd of goats to maintain the vegetation on your property has many ecological benefits. Goats harvest vegetation and convert that material into fertilizer. This practice reduces wildfire risk and improves the biodiversity of the returning vegetation.
Biochar is charcoal that is added to the soil and is traditionally made by burning the wood down to its black coals in a steel or brick kiln. Biochar has incredible water and nutrient absorption abilities and as an agricultural input can significantly improve the resilience of crops, reducing the need to water and fertilize. Biochar can be an important input to help farmers adapt to climate change.
When you mix biochar with goat manure you get an incredible agricultural input that gives a competitive advantage to any nursery or greenhouse crop. You can market seedlings transplanted with this substrate or use this as a foundation for a market garden bed.
Regardless the size of the property you maintain, practising activities in the Trident concept of sustainable land management turn maintenance liabilities into valuable inputs for sustainable forest products. Eliminate expenses from mowing, brushing, spraying and burning while developing the ecological value of your property, and the economic capacity your organization.