MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host landowners interested in learning about prescribed burning as a method of boosting wildlife habitat and reducing less desirable plant species. MDC staff will discuss methods and techniques for implementing controlled burns, safety considerations, and proper weather conditions for conducting a burn. The workshops will also cover how to create a burn plan and time the burn based on your management objectives and landscape.

"This workshop helps individuals understand how and why we utilize prescribed fire," said MDC Private Land Conservationist Seth Barrioz. "Prescribed fire is one of the most beneficial tools that landowners can utilize when managing their properties for wildlife across the state. Individuals will be able to listen and ask questions about how to conduct prescribed burns and participate in a live prescribed burn with professional staff, further benefiting their understanding of this important management practice."

Each workshop will consist of a classroom session, followed by a demonstration burn, weather permitting (Camdenton workshop will not include a demonstration burn).

Attendees should bring field clothing (cotton or wool; no synthetics), leather boots and gloves to wear for the demonstration burn. The workshops are free to attend, but participants must pre-register.

Find a prescribed fire workshop near you, and register today:

Vienna Volunteer Fire Protection District — 308 N. Mill St., Vienna
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 -- Register by Feb. 16.
Call Seth Barrioz, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-897-3797 ext. 116

Camdenton Conservation Office — 783 Thunder Mountain Road, Camdenton
6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 -- Register by Feb. 22.
Call Jodi Moulder, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-346-2210 ext. 233
* Will not include demonstration burn

Big Spring Fire Department – 758 S. Highway 19, New Florence
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5 -- Register by March 3.
Call Jamie Barton, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-564-3715 ext. 110

Lincoln University, Carver Farm – 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, March 5 -- Register by March 1.
Call Dean Stucker, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-796-0286 ext. 4282

Prairie Fork Conservation Area – Williamsburg
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 -- Register by March 17.
Call Jamie Barton, Private Land Conservationist, at 573-564-3715 ext. 110

MDC works with you and for you to sustain healthy fish, forests, and wildlife. For more information on prescribed fire, go to