Prairie Smoke and Prairie Enthusiasts:
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the Prairie Enthusiasts?
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)
The Prairie Enthusiasts newsletter the "Prairie Promoter" published four times a year
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
The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) is a private non-profit organization committed to the protection and management of native prairie and savanna in the upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois). We are a grass roots organization of volunteers dedicated to preserving the last remaining pieces of the once vast, and now endangered, prairie and savanna communities. Prairie Smoke is the name of your local chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts, which covers southeastern Minnesota.
President: Barb Nigon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Chuck Kernler, email@example.com
Secretary: Susan Powers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Dave Edwards, email@example.com
Mark Boenish: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Dunnette: email@example.com:
Sharon Kaufman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Hayden: email@example.com
Dawn Littleton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Nelson: email@example.com:
Suzanne Rohlfing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruthann Yaeger: email@example.com
What are the benefits of joining the Prairie Smoke chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts?
As a member of the Prairie Smoke chapter, you are entitled to the following benefits:
When I join, do I become a member of Prairie Smoke and The Prairie Enthusiasts?
Yes, when you join The Prairie Enthusiasts with the enclosed membership form, you automatically become a member of the local Prairie Smoke chapter, which covers southeastern Minnesota, and the national organization called The Prairie Enthusiasts.
What is the difference between the eight types of memberships?
The Prairie Enthusiasts organization has eight different types of memberships. All are annual memberships.
Student ($15): Annual membership for an individual high school or college student
Little Bluestem ($25): Annual membership for an individual or family
Big Bluestem ($40): Annual membership for an individual or family
Shooting Star ($100): Annual membership for an individual, family, or organization
Blazing Star ($200): Annual membership for an individual, family, or organization
Compass Plant ($500): Annual membership for an individual, family, or organization
Monarch ($1,000): Annual membership for an individual, family, or organization
Bur Oak Benefactor ($5,000): Annual membership for an individual, family, or organization
*The extra cost shows a desire for the member(s) to financially support The Prairie Enthusiasts at a higher annual amount.
How do I find out when my membership in the Prairie Smoke chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts expires?
You will receive a membership renewal form from TPE approximately one month before your annual membership expires.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions about my membership?
Please contact Dave Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 202-7241.
Does Prairie Smoke have a website?
Yes! The website address is http://www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/chapter/smoke/smoke.htm Clearly, you have found this!
How do I find out about Prairie Smoke field trips?
The Prairie Smoke chapter averages between 4 and 8 field trips a year. The simplest way to find out about field trips is to read the emails sent to you by the Prairie Smoke chapter. You can also check the Upcoming Events link on the Prairie Smoke website.
What if I am not getting my Prairie Enthusiasts newsletters or field trip information?
Please contact Dave Edwards at email@example.com or (507) 202-7241 and he will make sure you start receiving these publications.
What types of burn equipment does Prairie Smoke have available for loan?
Prairie Smoke has the following equipment available for loan
- 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 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 Dave Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 202-7241. You can also attend one of our free prescribed burning workshops (date/place to be announced on this website).
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