2009-04-23 / Sports

Field Notes 04/23/2009

Job seekers take note
LAPEER — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has two summer job openings at the Lapeer State Game Area. Open are a State Worker 4 post and a non-career wildlife assistant. Employment dates are May 3-Sept. 30 with hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., some weekends necessary.
The State Worker 4 will assist in habitat projects and game area maintenance, including picking up trash, mowing trails, painting, hand-cutting brush, vehicle cleaning, crop planting and farm operations, as well as handling live geese.
The non-career wildlife post requires safe knowledge of operating tractors and farm equipment, chainsaws, power tools and other equipment. This position will also be required to handle live geese. Both jobs require outside work in all kinds of weather. Application deadline is April 24. Apply on- line at www.michigan.gov. Details: Julie at 248-328-8113.

Wildfire prevention week
STATEWIDE — The grass may look greener, but it’s also very dry. State officials stress that wildfire season has been building as the weather improves. Warmer days and a relatively dry April have kept firefighters busy as they have put out numerous grass fires.
“Many people do not realize that more than 90 percent of wildfires are caused by humans, and most of those occur during April and May,” said DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Paul Kollmeyer. “Careless burning is the leading cause of wildfires in Michigan.”
Firefighting agencies designated April 19-25 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Michigan to highlight the importance of preventing wildfires during the critical spring fire season. Late April annually shows some of the highest fire danger of the year, proven in 2008 when a 1,400-acre blaze occurred April 24 during Wildfire Prevention Week. The fire jumped I-75 and burned into the city of Grayling, destroying several structures in its path.

Field Notes by Lisa Paine

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