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Prescribed Burn Crew

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We conduct prescribed burns in natural areas for a few weeks in early spring and fall. We rely on volunteers in this limited time frame. To join the crew, attend our annual burn crew training session​. Participants have the opportunity to engage in all stages of a prescribed burn from burn prep and tool maintenance to laying down fire and fire control. This is our most physically demanding activity.


Volunteer Burn Crew Training

Wednesday, February 24
Leslie Science & Nature Center, Nature House
1831 Traver Road
Noon to 5 p.m.​

We also strongly encourage new burn crew volunteers to attend the Public Meeting about the Controlled Ecological Burn Program. We hold these meetings before our spring and fall burn seasons, to help explain why we do controlled burns, and how valuable they are for ecological restoration. The next meeting is

Tuesday, February 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Natural Area Preservation Office
3875 East Huron River Drive

Learn more about our use of controlled ecological burns by visiting our Controlled Burns page.

Contact Information

3875 E. Huron River Drive
(734) 794-6627 
David Borneman, Deputy Manager - Volunteerism and Natural Area Preservation​