MDC holding prescribed burn clinics in Ava and Doniphan

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fire can be a beneficial tool for improving wildlife habitat and reducing less-desirable plant species when used in controlled, supervised conditions. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) stresses that prescribed fire involves planning and on-site management.

Each year, MDC holds prescribed burn workshops throughout the state to show how fire can be used as a management tool for landowners. These free workshops are for landowners who are interested in managing their land in a conservation-friendly fashion. Workshops will be held in Ava and Doniphan in February. Here is registration information for each event:

Ava: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 18, Super 8 Motel Conference Room, 1711 S. Jefferson St. To register, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Christin Byrd at 417-683-4816, ext. 111 or

Doniphan: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Feb. 25; U.S. Forest Service Eleven Point Ranger District Office, # 4 Confederate Ridge Road, Doniphan, 63935. To register, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Devin Wood at 573-996-7116, ext. 3 or

For more information on using prescribed fire – and other similar workshops being offered by MDC – visit