MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop in Steelville Feb. 17

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STEELVILLE, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a prescribed burn workshop, followed by a demonstration burn, for interested landowners at the Reis Biological Station in Steelville on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

This workshop is part of MDC’s commitment to work with landowners interested in learning how to properly and safely utilize prescribed fire to manage grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades and other natural communities on their land.

Taught by MDC certified burners, participants will learn about the value and purpose of prescribed fire as a land management tool, and will receive instruction on how to safely and effectively plan and conduct a controlled burn.  Lunch will be provided.

The classroom portion will run from 9 a.m. –noon.  After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an actual burn demonstration from 1-4 p.m.  If weather conditions do not permit a safe burn, other practical field exercises will be substituted.

Participants should dress for the weather and have protective eyewear, leather gloves, leather boots, a handkerchief or bandana, and clothing made of natural fibers.  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 Jeff Dierking at 573-468-3335, ext. 6601; or email  The Reis Biological Station is located at 1266A East Highway 8 in Steelville. For more on prescribed burns, go online to