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Carefully controlled burns are one of several techniques MDC has used to restore native plants and animals at Peck Ranch CA.

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops for landowners in southeast

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Southeast
Jul 13, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will present workshops on on using prescribed fire to improve habitat on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the MDC Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau. According to MDC Private Lands Conservationist Brad Pobst, MDC added an additional time slot to provide landowners a better opportunity to attend.

“Prescribed fire is a low-cost way for landowners to manage grasslands, CRP and old fields for forage production and to improve wildlife habitat,” Pobst said.

Pobst said landowners who attend can expect classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety and why and when they should use fire as a land-management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation in the workshop will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Attendees will also be invited to optional demonstration burns which will be conducted later in the summer and fall to demonstrate the use of tools and techniques.

The MDC Southeast Regional Office is located in Cape County Park North at 2302 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau. Landowners can call (573) 290-5730 or (573)243-1467 ext. 3 to register. For general information on prescribed fire or MDC workshops go online to mdc.mo.gov.

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