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MDC hosting prescribed fire workshops

MDC hosting prescribed fire workshops

January 19th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites land managers and others interested in learning about prescribed fire to free workshops this winter across Mid-Missouri.

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, according to a news release.

The workshops will also cover how to create a burn plan and time the burn based on your management objectives and landscape.

Each workshop will consist of a classroom session, followed by a demonstration burn, weather permitting. 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.

Mid-Missouri workshops include:

Linn Fire Protection District Station 1, 210 W. Main St. in Linn, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9. Register by Feb. 5 with 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. Feb. 17. Register by Feb. 13 with MDC Private Land Conservationist Dean Stucker at 573-796-0286 or Dean.Stucker@mdc.mo.gov.