Spring has sprung and that means it's the season for controlled burns. Many of Michigan's native, e.g. the Arboretum's Dow Prairie (above) are dependent on semi-annual to annual fires. Natural Area's Preservation conducted a controlled burn yesterday and there will be a burn this afternoon at the Botanical Gardens this afternoon starting at 12:30*. Both NAP and MBGNA allow volunteers to participate in their controlled burns. You should consider it, if you are interested, it's a great chance to learn a little bit about fire ecology do some good for native ecosystems. I mean, how many times will you get to set something on fire for a good!
* Volunteers are meeting at 12:30 in the West Lobby of the Botanical Gardens.