MDC offers a free prescribed burn workshop July 6 near Mound City

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St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free prescribed burn workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, at the Nodaway Valley Conservation Area east of Mound City. Prescribed fire can help landowners reduce unwanted vegetation, and the burns can boost native grasses and wildflowers that enhance wildlife habitat. Prescribed burns can also be used to improve forage conditions in grazing or haying pastures.

Once registered for the workshop, participants will receive an email from instructors with links to an online course that must be completed before attending the workshop. The combined online and in-person sessions will give participants the knowledge they need to safely conduct prescribed burns on private land. Instructors will provide information on how to plan a burn, neighborhood burn co-ops, equipment, weather conditions, and safety. All ages are welcome.

If weather permits, a demonstration burn will be conducted. Participants should have leather boots, leather gloves, and wear all-cotton clothing. Bandannas are also helpful.

Registration is required. To register, visit