MDC hosts free prescribed burn workshop Oct. 19 at El Dorado Springs

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El Dorado Springs, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free prescribed burn workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, in El Dorado Springs. This workshop will help property managers learn how to plan and implement prescribed burns to boost grassland forage or wildlife habitat.

Fire is a useful tool to help control unwanted vegetation or to boost desired plant species. But fire must be used carefully in prescribed burns that are well planned and used only when weather conditions are safe. This workshop will teach participants how to plan a prescribed burn, personnel and equipment needed, smoke management, weather factors, and timing burns to achieve desired results. Experts will also discuss how prescribed burns can benefit grasslands, and how to evaluate post-burn results.

A demonstration burn will be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. if weather conditions permit. Participants should weather leather boots and bring leather gloves to help with the burn and see how they are conducted. A free lunch will be provided. The location for the workshop is the Circle S Feed Company, 106 W. Hainline St.

Participants are asked to register by Oct. 17 by calling MDC’s Clinton office at 660-885-6981. For more information about prescribed burns, visit