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.