JAMESTOWN, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting a workshop for landowners on how to effectively and safely use prescribed fire to boost wildlife habitat and reduce less desirable plant species. The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Jamestown Community Center, 130 E. Row St. in Jamestown. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 12.
MDC staff will discuss the history of fire on the landscape, benefits from prescribed fire, proper methods and techniques for implementing controlled burns, planning, equipment and how to use resources from MDC and other agencies. Tips on how to organize burn teams and cooperatives will be offered.
“This workshop is great for new or current landowners who would like to learn about using prescribed fire as a tool to improve wildlife habitat on their property,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist Eric Niemeyer. “While uncontrolled wildfires can harm habitat and property, controlled use of prescribed fire can actually improve the health of natural ecosystems.”
The workshop will begin with a classroom session. Weather permitting, a demonstration burn will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.
For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Niemeyer at 573-796-0286.