MDC offers prescribed burn workshop Feb. 15 in Clark County

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KAHOKA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting a workshop for landowners on how to effectively and safely use prescribed fire to boost wildlife habitat and reduce less desirable plant species. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Steve’s Family Dining restaurant, 117 N Morgan St. in Kahoka. The workshop is free, however pre-registration is required by Feb. 10.

MDC staff will discuss methods and techniques for implementing controlled burns, safety considerations, and proper weather conditions for conducting a burn. Plus, the workshop will cover creating a burn plan and timing the burn based on your management objectives and landscape.

“This workshop is great for new or current 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 Pinkowski. “While uncontrolled wildfires can harm habitat and property, controlled use of prescribed fire can actually improve the health of natural ecosystems.”

The workshop will begin with a classroom session. Weather permitting, a demonstration burn will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Attendees should bring field clothing (cotton or wool; no synthetics), leather boots and gloves to wear for the demonstration burn.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Pinkowski at 660-397-2223, ext. 117.