Natural Area Preservation

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 16, 2022

Noon to 5 p.m.​

This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with NAP's controlled burns. Burns typically take place Monday through Friday between noon and 7 p.m. Registration through VolunteerHub is required by February 15. Register here. ( Call 734.794.6627 or email [email protected] for more information. If held in-person, some portion of training may be outdoors. ​

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:

Public Meeting:  Controlled Ecological Burn Program

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting

The recording of the February 15, 2022 meeting will be uploaded to the Controlled Burns​ page as soon as it is ready. 

Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor's natural areas. This meeting will be a discussion about our Controlled Ecological Burn Program. Ask questions and learn more about the benefits of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool.

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

​​​​Natural Area Preservation
3875 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Remy Long​
  Deputy Manager
Tina Stephens
  Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Becky Hand
  Stewardship Specialist
Michael Hahn
  Stewardship Specialist