MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in northeast Missouri

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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:

  • MU Forage Systems Research Center – 21262 Genoa Road in Linneus
    9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Jan. 5
    Register by Jan. 3
    Call Rich Crowe, MDC private land conservationist, at 660-258-5732, ext. 3021
  • Knox County USDA Service Center — 56187 State Hwy. 6 in Edina
    9 a.m. – mid-afternoon, Saturday, Feb. 9
    Register by Feb. 6
    Call John Pinkowski, MDC private land conservationist, at 660-397-2223 ext. 3
  • Monroe County USDA Service Center — 18771 Hwy. 15 in Paris
    6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
    Register by Feb. 20
    Call Jamie Ebbesmeyer, MDC private land conservationist, at 660-327-4117 ext. 3
  • MDC Northeast Regional Office – 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville
    9 a.m. – mid-afternoon, Saturday, March 2
    Register by Feb. 27
    Call Nathan Hubbard, MDC private land conservationist, at 660-234-3009
  • Macon NRCS Office – 2108 U.S. Hwy. 63 in Macon
    9 a.m. – early afternoon, date in March, TBD
    Registration deadline TBD
    Call Ted Seiler, MDC private land conservationist, at 660-385-2616 ext. 118

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