MDC offers free prescribed burn workshop April 7 at Poosey Conservation Area in Livingston County

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Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free prescribed burn workshop 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 7, at the Poosey Conservation Area northwest of Chillicothe in Livingston County. This workshop will help property managers plan and execute prescribed burns to achieve forage or wildlife habitat goals for grasslands and woodlands.

MDC experts will discuss the history of fire on the landscape, prescribed fire benefits, timing burns to achieve goals, fire behavior, and planning a prescribed burn. Speakers will also discuss equipment, fire safety, organizing burn teams and cooperatives, and prescribed fire scenarios. MDC staff can help connect property managers with resources such as equipment and current prescribed burn landowners associations. They will also provide burn plan assistance.

All materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided for free. A demonstration burn will follow the workshop after lunch if weather permits. Those participating in the demonstration burn should wear heavy cotton clothing, leather boots, leather gloves, ball caps, and a bandanna.

The workshop will be held at the Carlton House on the Poosey Area. From Chillicothe, travel 9.5 miles west on Missouri 190. Turn north on Route U and travel 4.5 miles. Turn east on LIV 510, a county road. Go one mile east and turn into the driveway on the north side.

Registration is required for the workshop by Monday, March 30. To register, contact Scott Roy at 660-359-5685, ext. 114.