MDC offers landowner prescribed burn workshop in Columbia

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Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting a workshop on using prescribed burns to improve wildlife habitat and control unwanted vegetation on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bradford Research Farm in Columbia. The workshop is free, but participants must pre-register by Oct. 19.

“This workshop is great for landowners who would like to learn about using prescribed fire as a tool to improve wildlife habitat on their property,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist John Knudsen. “While uncontrolled wildfires can harm habitat and property, controlled use of prescribed fire can actually improve the health of natural ecosystems.”

The workshop will cover proper methods and techniques for implementing controlled burns, discuss the impacts of fire on plant and animal communities, how to develop burn plans, proper weather conditions for conducting a burn, and cover where and how landowners can obtain burn equipment and other resources.

Weather permitting, a demonstration burn will be held in the afternoon. A lunch will be provided for registered participants.

Bradford Research Farm is located seven miles east of Columbia, south of Highway WW on Rangeline Road.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Knudsen at 573-815-7901 ext. 3483.