Burns Controlled in Ann Arbor Area Rain Gardens This Spring


ANN ARBOR, MI – Controlled burns are planned for the spring at several rain gardens in Ann Arbor.

Controlled burns are planned for Miller Avenue between Newport and Maple, Belize Park, Stone School Road between Ellsworth and I-94 and Arbor Oaks Park, according to Washtenaw County officials.

A rain garden is a shallow garden of shrubs and flowers native to the area, designed to collect water and filter it through the soil, which naturally treats the runoff of polluted rainwater.

Controlled burns help reduce invasive species and encourage native plants to thrive.

Another controlled burn is also planned in the rain gardens at the Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant and in the Arbor Hills Stormwater Pond in Ypsilanti Township.

“Ecologically, it is important to burn these natural areas in order for grassland-like ecosystems to continue to thrive,” officials said.

County officials are unable to give a definitive timeline for when the burns will occur, as they must be done in favorable weather and without high winds that could push the burn out of control.

Burning plans will be developed for each site and a burn permit will be obtained from the fire department.

The Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s office coordinates with the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation and Utilities Department for controlled burns located in the city.


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