MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites land managers and others interested in learning about prescribed fire to free workshops across mid-Missouri this winter.

These clinics will cover controlled 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.

“These workshops are a great opportunity for landowners to learn how to properly conduct a prescribed burn on their property,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist Ryan Lueckenhoff.  “Prescribed fire is a great tool for creating early successional habitat, maintaining plant diversity and stimulating new growth. In these workshops we’ll talk about the use of burn plans, conditions that affect fire behavior, how to use burn equipment, and much more.”

Each workshop will consist of a classroom session, followed by a demonstration burn, weather permitting (Columbia 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:

  • Linn Fire Protection District Station 1 — 210 West Main St. in Linn
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9
    Register by Feb. 5
    Call MDC Private Land Conservationist Seth Barrioz at 573-897-3797 ext. 116
  • Lincoln University Carver Farm – 3804 Bald Hill Road in Jefferson City
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17
    Register by Feb. 13
    Contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Dean Stucker at
    573-796-0286 or
    Or contact Lincoln University Professor, Dr. Adrian Andrei at
    573-681-5451 or 
  • Big Spring Fire Department – 758 S. Highway 19 near New Florence
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24
    Register by Feb. 20
    Call MDC Private Land Conservationist Jordon Beshears at 573-564-3715, ext. 110
  • Prairie Fork Conservation Area near Williamsburg
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 3
    Register by Feb. 27
    Call MDC Private Land Conservationist Jordon Beshears at 573-564-3715, ext. 110
    Central Regional Office & Conservation Research Center – 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia
  • 6 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 7
    Register by March 4
    Call MDC Private Land Conservationist Ryan Lueckenhoff at 573-875-5540, ext. 7
  • Blind Pony Conservation Area near Sweet Springs 
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, March 9
    Register by March 6
    Contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Will Casner at 

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