Michigan Prescribed Fire Council Leadership

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Chairperson

dave borneman, ann arbor parks

Dave Borneman starting working on prescribed burn crews in college. In 1993, he started working for Ann Arbor Parks as their Natural Area Preservation Manager, and as their Burn Boss, burning as many as 150 acres per year of the City’s parklands. In 2001, Dave created his own private consulting/contracting business, using the tagline “Restoring Nature With Fire”. Today, in addition to his work with Ann Arbor, Dave does burns throughout the Midwest for a wide variety of clients. Dave has been on the MPFC Steering Committee since its inception 20 years ago. This is his second stint as MPFC Chair.

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Vice chairperson

Glenn Palmgren, Michigan DNR

Glenn has been working for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for over 15 years, as an ecologist, and more recently as a fire management specialist.

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Treasurer

Paul mayer, Michigan Prescribed Fire council

Paul participated in his first prescribed fire two years ago, while working for the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and was instantly hooked. While at KNC he began working for the Fire Council, and has now been serving MPFC for over a year, working as the council’s administrator and treasurer. He enjoys walks in the prairie, burning to control invasive species, and firewhirls.

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Secretary

Michele Richards, Michigan Department of Military Affairs

Michele has been a part of the fire council since its inception in 1999, and has been instrumental in its continued existence ever since. She works at Fort Custer Training Center as a natural resources specialist for the Michigan Army National Guard. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Earth Science and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University (earned in 1998), and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (earned in 2017). Natural resources management at Fort Custer includes prescribed fire, invasive plant management, ecological restoration, endangered species management, avian studies, and the occasional foray into wetland ecology.

 

Committees

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Includes officers, committee chairpersons and any others who choose to participate.

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TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

Chair: Dakota Szepanski, Fort Custer Training Center

Dakota has been a firefighter since 2014, a National guardsman since 2012, and is the Wildland Fire Technician for FCTC.

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EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

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