Controlled burns to take place on U-M campus
Please be advised that U-M Grounds Services is planning to conduct controlled burns in the coming days. The areas targeted for Friday, May 13 are:
- School of Music Woodlot and Prairie (Woodlot and Prairie east of School of Music, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.)
- Space Research Woodlot and Prairie (Woodlot north of Space Research, scheduled for 1:30 p.m.)
The burns will be performed by Plantwise, a local prescribed burn contractor who specializes in ecological burns and native plant restoration.
The burns will be conducted during conditions that will minimize the direct effect and persistence of smoke. Plantwise is very conscious of smoke traveling beyond the prescribed burn area. The small fires and the fire-suppression equipment will control the smoke output in such a way to minimize any sudden changes in the direction of smoke through the burn area.
However, if smoke smell is noticed on the main medical campus, it is likely due to the controlled burn.
An important tool
Fire is an important land management tool and a critical regenerative process for several local ecosystems. Many areas treated with fire have significantly more blooming wildflowers in the following years. In addition to improved aesthetics, these small, controlled fires are intended to manage the invasive species that are reducing the native biodiversity in natural areas, and to reduce the amount of combustible material in a controlled manner.
Click on the following link for additional information on U-M Sustainable Land Management.