KANSAS CITY Mo -- A free workshop on using prescribed burns to improve wildlife habitat and control unwanted vegetation will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19 at the Pony Express Conservation Area headquarters south of Maysville.
Land owners and managers are invited to learn proper methods for implementing prescribed burns, how to develop burn plans, where to get burn equipment and how to use equipment. The session will also look at coordinating burns with CRP rules and seasonal burns that prompt a specific vegetative response.
A prescribed burn is a set fire, yet tightly managed under proper wind and humidity conditions, that helps boost native plants and removes undesired invasive plants or trees. Prescribed burns can greatly improve habitat for wildlife.
The workshop is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in Daviess, Caldwell, Clinton and DeKalb counties.
Participants can reach the headquarters building by taking Route RA off of Missouri 33.
For more information or to register, call MDC Private Land Conservationist Nate Mechlin at 660-663-3703, ext. 3. Participants are asked to register by March 15.