Learn more about prescribed fire on January 22 at the Paint Creek Cider Mill

Sign up today to learn more about the use of prescribed fire in our township parks! The Stewardship Seminar will be at 7 pm on  Thursday, January 22 at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. The Educational Opportunities link on the Stewardship Events page says,

Learn more about reasons for using prescribed fire, preparations for conducting a fire, necessary tools, roles of each burn crew member, and ignition patterns. Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. Please RSVP to bvanderweide@oaklandtownship.org by Tuesday, January 20.

I’ll be bringing gear that we use to conduct prescribed burns, including backpack pumps, protective clothing, and hand tools. Don’t miss this opportunity! We are committed to the safe use of prescribed fire in our township parks and we want you to know about the process involved in conducting a prescribed burn.

The ignition crew communicate closely with the holding crew to make sure the fire does not burn in areas outside the burn unit.
The ignition crew communicate closely with the holding crew to make sure the fire does not burn in areas outside the burn unit.
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Prescribed fire at the Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie on November 5, 2014.

If you can’t make it next Thursday, head over to the Prescribed Fire page to learn more about how we use prescribed fire to maintain our natural areas. The Michigan Prescribed Fire Council also has lots of information on their website (firecouncil.org)

About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

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