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)?