Frequently Asked Questions
Site visits by Prairie Smoke representatives to give guidance about the care of your prairie
Annual prescribed burning workshop
Assistance with burning your prairie (including all necessary equipment)
Opportunities to volunteer to do prescribed burning (this is a fun learning activity)
Field trip fliers published two times a year
Prairie Smoke email about important Prairie Smoke events Field trips throughout southeastern Minnesota led by Prairie Smoke representatives
Other educational and recreational opportunities
President: Barb Nigon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Mark Stopyro, email@example.com
Secretary: Ruthann Yaeger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Coordinator: Ryan Kemmerick, email@example.com
Sharon Kaufman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Littleton: email@example.com
Susan Powers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Summerfield email@example.com
What are the benefits of joining Prairie Smoke?
As as a member of Prairie Smoke, you are entitled to the following benefits:
How do I find out when my membership in Prairie Smoke expires?
You will receive a membership renewal form approximately one month before your annual membership expires.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions about my membership?
Please contact Ryan Kemmerick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does Prairie Smoke have a website?
Yes! The website address is http://www.prairiesmokemn.org. Clearly, you have found this!
How do I find out about Prairie Smoke field trips?
Prairie Smoke averages between 4 and 6 field trips a year. The simplest way to find out about field trips is to read the emails sent to you by Prairie Smoke. You can also check the Upcoming Events link on the Prairie Smoke website.
What types of burn equipment does Prairie Smoke have available for loan?
Prairie Smoke has the following equipment available for loan to individuals and families who have been active members for at least a year. Go to our Burning information page.
- Trailer with 200 gallon water tank, pump, and hose
- Backpack bladder bags and sprayers
- Drip torches
- Warning signs for burns near roads
- Kestrel weather recorder
- 6 Long range radios with holders
- Supply kit of replacement parts
Do landowners have to be members of Prairie Smoke in order to use the burn equipment?
Yes, for at least a year. Access to the burn equipment is one of the benefits of active membership in Prairie Smoke. Click here for more information.
Is there a charge for Prairie Smoke members to use the burn equipment?
No, there is not a charge to use the equipment. However, it is suggested that landowners who use the equipment make a voluntary donation to the chapter for the upkeep of the equipment.
How do I get more information about prescribed burning?
You can request additional information by contacting Barb Nigon (email@example.com) at least one year prior to your planned burn. You can also attend one of the prescribed burning workshops offered through the DNR, if available. Keep an eye out for dates.
What types of other equipment does Prairie Smoke have available for loan?
- Chainsaws (only after member receives chainsaw training)
- Protective headgear and face guards
- Weed wrenches (small and large)
- Parsnip predators