MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop Nov. 7 in Union

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UNION, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a prescribed burn workshop, followed by a demonstration burn, on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the East Central College Training Center, 1964 Prairie Dell Road in Union.

This free public workshop is part of MDC's commitment to work with landowners interested in how to safely use prescribed fire to enhance natural communities. It is for anyone interested in learning how to properly utilize controlled burns for the management of grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades on their land.

The course will be taught by MDC-certified burners, and participants will learn the value and purpose of prescribed fire as a land management tool. Attendees will receive instruction on how to safely and effectively plan and conduct a controlled burn. The workshop will also discuss situations where prescribed burning could create benefits for both property owners and their land, and wildlife habitat.

The classroom portion will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., after which a free lunch will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an actual demonstration burn from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. if weather conditions permit. If weather does not permit burning, the afternoon portion will consist of field exercises.

Participants should dress for the weather and have protective eyewear, leather gloves, leather boots, a handkerchief or bandana, eye protection and clothing made of natural fibers like cotton. Clothing made from synthetic materials should be avoided if at all possible due to its high flammability.

The workshop is free but seating is limited. For reservations, call (573) 468-3335 Ext. 6601, or email Registration deadline is Nov. 4.

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