KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites landowners interested in learning about prescribed burning as a method of boosting wildlife habitat and reducing less desirable plant species to free prescribed fire workshops in northeast Missouri this winter. MDC staff will discuss methods and techniques for implementing controlled burns, safety considerations, and proper weather conditions for conducting a burn. The workshops will cover how to create a burn plan and also time the burn based on your management objectives and landscape.
“These workshops are 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 Pinkowski. “While uncontrolled wildfires can harm habitat and property, controlled use of prescribed fire can actually improve the health of natural ecosystems.”
Each workshop will consist of a classroom session followed by a demonstration burn, weather permitting (workshops in Paris and Linneus 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 preregister.
Find a prescribed fire workshop near you, and register today:
MDC works with you and for you to sustain healthy fish, forests, and wildlife. For more information on prescribed fire, go to mdc.mo.gov/your-property/fire/prescribed-fire.