Prairie Smoke:
Frequently Asked Questions


President: Barb Nigon,
Vice President: Mark Stopyro,
Secretary: Ruthann Yaeger:
Treasurer: Chuck Kernler,

Board Members

Sharon Kaufman:
Dawn Littleton:
Susan Powers,
Ryan Kemmerick:
Jeff Summerfield

What are the benefits of joining Prairie Smoke?

As as a member of Prairie Smoke, you are entitled to the following benefits:
  • 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
  • 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 Chuck Kernler:

    Does Prairie Smoke have a website?

    Yes! The website address is 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

    Do landowners have to be a member of Prairie Smoke in order to use the burn equipment?

    Yes. Access to the burn equipment is one of the benefits of membership in the Prairie Smoke chapter.

    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 ( 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?

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