Mary Parr is an Indigenous woman with a passion for Ojibwe culture, fire ecology, and land stewardship. Parr is a tribal member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a West Michigan local. Parr attended Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI for her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management and is currently completing her Masters of Science in Biology, researching plant community response to fire seasonality and order of application in prairies and savannas of the Great Lakes Basin. A seasoned fire practitioner, Parr has participated in prescribed fires across the Great Plains and Midwest while working for the Nature Conservancy Nebraska and Minnesota Chapters. Parr is the Stewardship Manager for Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, MI, where she manages 850 acres, coordinates conservation efforts, leads the prescribed fire program, and mentors undergraduate students in land stewardship.