Prescribed Burn Notice

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan will be conducting an ecological prescribed burn at the nature preserve in your neighborhood this year!

Below is a list of the planned locations for prescribed burns and the target timeframe in which they will occur. Because burning safely requires particular weather conditions, we don’t yet know the exact date of the burn. If we are unable to burn safely within the target timeframe, the burn may be conducted at another time of the year. Those interested in receiving a notification the morning of the burn can sign up below.

2024 Prescribed Burns

Brower Lake Nature Preserve

8748 Je-Ne-Be Dr., Rockford, MI
Target Timeframe: May – June

Bradford Dickinson White Nature Preserve

12589 36th Street, Lowell, MI
Target Timeframe: May – June

The Highlands

2715 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Target Timeframe: March – April

Lamberton Lake Fen Nature Preserve

3118 Plaza Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Target Timeframe: March – April

Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve

10471 Six Mile Road, Rockford, MI
Target Timeframe: March – April

Upriver Nature Preserve

13113 N. Walnut Avenue, Bitely, MI
Target Timeframe: May – June

Wege Foundation Natural Area

11715 Vergennes Road, Lowell, MI
Target Timeframe: Oct – Nov

Why Burn?

The preserve in your neighborhood contains an ecosystem that depends on periodic fire to stay healthy. Prescribed burns also restore open views and encourage a diversity of wildlife and wildflowers, making the preserve a better place for people to visit and enjoy. These kinds of burns are not like the destructive fires you hear about in the West – instead, they are low-intensity burns that help restore health and diversity to our forests here in Michigan.

Is Burning Safe?

Hundreds of prescribed burns are conducted safely in Michigan every year. The burn in your neighborhood will be conducted by a trained crew led by a burn boss with extensive prescribed fire experience. The burn will be carefully planned in advance, in close coordination with your local Fire Department and other local and regional authorities. Prescribed burns typically take about 2-3 hours to complete. The burn will be conducted in a way that minimizes smoke drift, but some neighbors prefer to close their windows while the burn is taking place.

Would you like to be notified?

If you would like to be notified the morning the prescribed burn is going to occur, you can sign up to receive an email notification by filling out this Google form. If you have questions or concerns, contact Conservation Director Justin Heslinga at or 616-552-9938.

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