MDC hosts prescribed fire workshop at Chillicothe

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Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a workshop on using prescribed fire to improve grasslands and benefit wildlife habitat at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Mildred Litton Community Center, 10780 LIV 235, near Chillicothe. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required by Jan. 28.

Prescribed burns can improve grassland quality. Fire when used under carefully monitored conditions and property safety techniques can help control unwanted plant species in grasslands and boost forage. Prescribed burns can benefit native grasses and wildflower species in acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.

The workshop topics will include: planning a prescribed burn, benefits from burns, safety, proper equipment, fire behavior and history, and organizing burn teams or cooperatives for a neighborhood.

Educational materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided. To register, call 660-359-5685, ext. 114, or 660-646-6220, ext. 116. The workshop is presented by MDC’s Private Land Services Division and Quail Forever.

If weather conditions are favorable, a prescribed fire burn demonstration will be held in the afternoon at the Poosey Conservation Area in northwest Livingston County. Those participating in the burn demonstration should wear leather boots and bring leather gloves.

For more information on MDC programs to assist farmers and boost nature on private lands, visit