Spring 1999, there were some great opportunities to watch controlled burns in
action in Ann Arbor. John Russellwith the help of his students at Pioneer
High School, and with oversight from the Ann Arbor
Preservation (NAP) Divisionburned the Pioneer Prairie on a beautiful
Friday morning in April. John varied between front and back burns to show the
differences (and to get things cooking when the back burn got a bit sluggish).
If you get a chance next year, its a good burn to observe. Just hang
around John and youll pick up all kinds of details about burns and about
the land youre standing on.
burns occurred during the April 1999 Ann Arbor Wild Ones meeting, both within
walking distance of each other. The
Farm prairie, along the entry drive, and the
Buhr Park Childrens Wet
Meadow were burned; the latter had a commendable fire, considering
its a relatively young native meadow. Dave Borneman, director of NAP in
Ann Arbor, was in charge of both burns, along with his crack crew. Immediately
before the Wet Meadow burn, the Super Swampersthe amalgam of kids
whove worked so hard to make the Wet Meadow a realitygave a short
presentation about the meadow and their experiences in building it. Its
been a worthy uphill challenge, and if all goes well in the future, it will go
are fun. Check one out.
||Dave Borneman of NAP
discussing the preparation and training thats required to conduct a safe
and successful controlled burn.
|The Wet Meadow Super
Swampers during their pre-burn presentation, along with their director
Jeannine Palms and Dave Borneman.
Tools of the Burn
Backpack water container and sprayer for controlling the
for spreading the fire to burn areas and for removing fuel (i.e., dead
vegetation) from areas that should not be burned.
||Equipment in use at the
prescribed burn of the Buhr Park Childrens Wet Meadow.
Article reprinted from the Summer 1999 issue of the Ann Arbor Wild
(modified slightly for use on this web site).
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