March 4, 2016: Lessons from 20 Years of Fire Management with Bob Grese and David Borneman

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 6:00pm
Hike Location: 
Furstenburg Park and Dow Prairie

What have we learned about fire as a restoration tool after 20+ years of prescribed burns in Dow Prairie/Nichols Arboretum and Ann Arbor City Natural Areas?

Dave Borneman and Bob Grese will lead a tour of long-term burn sites in Furstenburg Park and Nichols Arboretum to discuss lessons learned from their experience doing prescribed burns. What are the benefits and challenges of a long-term burn program? What have we learned that was unexpected at the start? What goals have been accomplished--and what goals remain elusive? How do the effects of prescribed fire vary across ecosystem types (prairie vs. forest vs. wet meadow)?

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Bob Grese, Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, started conducting prescribed burns in the Nichols Arboretum Dow Prairie in 1989. Dave Borneman, Deputy Manager for Volunteerism and the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation, launched the prescribed burn program in Ann Arbor city parks in 1994-95.