MDC to host prescribed fire workshop in Poplar Bluff Oct. 5

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at a Prescribed Fire Workshop presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Quail Forever at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Chamber of Commerce in Poplar Bluff. Prescribed fire is an ancient technique used to manage grasslands and old fields for forage production and improvement of wildlife habitat. Used first by Native Americans, the technique is now taught by MDC across the state.

“Prescribed fire is a low cost, yet very effective, method for landowners to use,” said Kara McSpadden, MDC Private Lands Conservationist.

McSpadden said the workshop will include classroom discussions on why and when to burn to meet management goals, how to prepare for a safe prescribed fire and how to understand weather and its effects on fire. Attendees will learn how a safe and effective burn will control tree sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat as well as pollinator habitat. Weather permitting, there will be a demonstration burn held in the afternoon from noon to 4 p.m.

“Fire is a great tool for managing grasslands, woodlands and improve deer, turkey, quail and other wildlife habitat,” McSpadden said.

Admission is free with lunch and refreshments provided by the Black River Quail Forever Chapter. To register, go online to, select Butler in the county drop down menu, scroll down and find the workshop, then click “register”. For more information, call (573)290-5730.