By now we have all heard about the benefits of prescribed fire for our natural areas. But as a small non-profit, how do you get fire on the ground? Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) uses a blend of volunteers, staff and professional burn crews to conduct 3-10 burns a year. A series of case studies will illustrate the challenges and successes that go into developing a Rx burn program. We often learn more from our mistakes, so examples will make use of 20-20 hindsight to review choices made that led to increased costs, disgruntled volunteers, irritated neighbors, and unfortunate ecological results. There will also be discussion about funding sources, insurance, and equipment needs.
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
Nate Fuller is the Conservation and Stewardship Director for Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. He began work there 15 years ago as a Stewardship Specialist. Prior to working for SWMLC he worked as an interpretive naturalist, volunteer coordinator, and youth stewardship director for Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor, MI, and Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He is a former board member of the Stewardship Network, Natural Areas Association, and current board member of the Stewards of Kleinatuck.