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 

Thursday, February 16, 2023 

Noon to 5 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm2781 Packard Road

Register on VolunteerHub​ by Feb. 15

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.  Call 734.794.6627 or email [email protected] for more information. A portion of this training will be held outdoors.

We also strongly encourage new burn crew volunteers to attend the Public Meeting about the Controlled Ecological Burn Program at the NAP Office on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  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. 

Learn More

For more information on our controlled burn program, check out this informational video here​.​​​

You can also 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