MDC to co-host prescribed burn association meeting

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Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Quail Forever will host an informational meeting for landowners on benefits from a prescribed burn association at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Mildred B. Litton Building, LIV 235, near Chillicothe. A prescribed burn association is an organized group of landowners that work together to conduct prescribed burns that improve quality for grasslands and woodlands.

Fire, when used safely with advance planning and careful monitoring. is a useful tool to help manage unwanted plants or to boost more desired species. A prescribed burn association improves opportunities for individuals to safely and effectively conduct prescribed burns. The association provides access to equipment, training and expertise.

Among the benefits from prescribed burns to be discussed at the meeting are increasing pasture forage value, maintaining high quality wildlife habitat, controlling red cedar and other woody species encroachment in grasslands, and reducing invasive plant species. Participants will learn how to gain access to prescribed burn equipment and about upcoming burn workshops. Burns can also be used as part of Conservation Reserve Program acreage management.

For more information about the meeting or prescribed burns, contact Andrew White of Quail Forever at 660-619-1719, or MDC Private Land Conservationist Scott Roy at 660-359-5685, Ext. 3, or go online at