Prescribed Burning

PlantWise has completed more burns in Michigan than any other contractor and is certified to burn in Ohio

Since our founding in 1998, we have completed nearly 1,000 burns totaling over 14,000 acres on public, residential, land trust, and corporate lands on remnant and planted sites. Burn units range from urban residential sites of 1/4-acre or less to rural sites of hundreds of acres in size.

PlantWise prescribed burns have proven effective at controlling numerous invasive species while simultaneously stimulating native plants and encouraging the return of a broader diversity of animals.

Protecting Rare Animals with Fire – North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy – Eaton Fen

University of Michigan Biological Station Research Plots

PlantWise Drone Videos – YouTube

Any burn day is a good day for David

PlantWise is insured with a policy that specifically covers claims relating to prescribed to burns (though we have never had a claim!).
At PlantWise, we use safe, proven techniques to complete successful burns. During our spring, summer, and fall burn seasons, we:

● Develop burn plans that outline the burn objectives, suitable weather
conditions, crew needs, contact information, and more;
● Secure necessary burn permits from the local fire jurisdiction(s);
● Work with landowners to notify neighbors;
● Conduct safe, controlled burns using a full complement of fire control and personal protective equipment.

Travis Williams, Executive Director Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

“PlantWise has conducted burns for the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway since 2001. Their crew is very knowledgeable and always very professional. Our many properties pose challenges with boardwalks, buildings, wooded and aquatic habitats and they have always performed as promised – delivering safe and quality service. After 13 years of working with PlantWise we have seen a significant decline in invasive species on properties and an increase in native plant diversity. We highly recommend PlantWise as a quality resource for prescribed burning and habitat management.”

University of Michigan – BioStation

PlantWise crew conducts burn at University of Michigan BioStation. The “forest chronosequence” is one of the longest-running experiments of its kind in the U.S. Video Link

YMCA burn
Sunset in Grass Lake, MI

Fire was a key feature of many upper Midwestern landscapes prior to European settlement. Prescribed ecological burns are a way of managing prairies, savannas, oak woodlands, and many wetlands (all fire-dependent ecosystems) in a safe and controlled fashion.

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