Controlled burning planned at Lansing Lake to help native ecosystem

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MERIDIAN TWP. “If you see a fire near Lake Lansing on Sunday afternoon, don’t worry; it’s actually good for the environment.

A prescribed ecological burn is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Lansing Lake North Preserve, located at 1000 Wild Ginger Trail in Meridian Township, according to a news release.

The burn will be carried out by trained personnel, with assistance if necessary from the Meridian Township Fire Department.

The burn is an attempt to boost native plant species to the area, according to the release. Fire has always been a “regular and frequent component” of local ecosystems in southern Michigan, with dry forests and some wetlands burning often.

“Today, many non-native plant species have invaded our natural fire-adapted ecosystems, diminishing the diversity of native plants and animals,” the statement said. “By bringing the fire back to these sites, we are encouraging the competitive advantage with which native species have evolved and restoring the site to its former ecological health.”

The burning will be done slowly and deliberately, the statement said, with careful planning aimed at minimizing smoke and controlling its spread. Township officials are asking anyone with questions about the burn to contact Meridian Township Land Stewardship Coordinator Emma Campbell at 517.853.4614 or [email protected]

Contact journalist Jared Weber at 517-582-3937 or [email protected]

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