MDC offers free prescribed burn workshops in NW Missouri

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Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free prescribed fire workshops at two northwest Missouri locations on March 26 and April 2. Prescribed fire is a useful tool for managing vegetation in grasslands and woodlands, and careful use of fire can also benefit wildlife habitat.

MDC will hold a prescribed fire workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Lake Paho Conservation Area, 15643 Fathom St., near Princeton. The workshop will help landowners plan prescribed burns to achieve objectives on their property. Topics will include benefits from fire, planning burns, equipment, fire behavior, safety, and organizing burn teams or cooperatives. A hands-on prescribed fire demonstration will follow the workshop. Attendees wishing to assist with the burn should wear leather boots and bring leather gloves. All materials used for training and a lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by March 21.

MDC will present a prescribed fire workshop with similar topics at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Poosey Conservation Area northwest of Chillicothe. There will also be a prescribed fire demonstration after this workshop, which is at the Carlton house on the area. However, demonstrations at both workshops will be weather permitting. Materials and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by March 28.

To register for the workshops, contact Scott Roy, MDC private lands conservationist, at 660-359-5685, ext. 114, or

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