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Burhr Park Children's Wet Meadow prescribed burn - POSTPONED to Wed, 4/9

Hi Friends of the Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow Project -

You are invited to the annual spring 

Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Burn 

Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 pm 
4:00 p.m.  Seed & trash collecting

(burns in other natural areas in Buhr Park may precede 4:30 pm)


rain/high humidity date: Thursday, April 10, 4:30pm

Looking for some outdoor fun for the whole family, right here in our hometown?  You're invited (and invite your friends!) to the annual spring Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Burn Tuesday, April 7nd. Join us at 4:00pm for seed collecting (bring a paper bag) and trash removal, at 4:30pm for the mail burn event.

The main burn event, which will be at the third Wet Meadow (just north of the back parking lot), will begin at about 4:30 with a brief introduction to the project and the role of burns. Trained experts from the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Program will then do a "prescribed burn". Other natural areas in the park may be burned earlier. (See below for further details.)  One parent says, "It's quite a sight - my daughter has gone to prescribed burns from age 2 and loves them.  I think it's quite safe for kids of any age if they're with a parent."

We'll scatter native plant seeds back on the meadows after the burn. Then In a few weeks the meadows will be springing back to life, better than ever.

If the weather permits, consider bringing a picnic supper.  Come and go when you like.  The event is free and open to the public.

Prescribed burns require dry weather.  If the weather looks questionable, feel free to call Jeannine at[masked] to find out if the burn is a "go". If the event is cancelled due to rain or high humidity, we'll try again on April 11th.  If not then, we'll keep trying each weekday.

Buhr Park is in east Ann Arbor, at 2751 Packard (on the north side of the road) between Eisenhower and Platt. Bike, walk or drive all the way to the farthest end of the gravel parking lot for the main burn event. Other burns may be at the second, three-basin meadow, on the west side, uphill from the play ground and behind the swimming pool and at the swale garden along the east edge of the park.

P.S. No, you don't have to have kids to have fun at the annual Children's Wet Meadow burn! 

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Prescribed burns background information: Although burning may seem destructive, fire actually serves to stimulate vigorous new growth of native plants, control the invasion of undesirable plants, warm the soil and release nutrients.  Fire allows diverse, native plant and animal communities to thrive in natural areas.

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  • Milton

    Trying to figure out how to get my 19mo old son there, he loves fire!

    April 1, 2014

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