The Missouri Department of Conservation invites landowners, natural resources managers and others interested in learning about prescribed fire to upcoming workshops.
These free clinics will cover controlled burning as a method of boosting wildlife habitat and reducing less desirable plant species, according to a MDC news release.
MDC staff will discuss methods and techniques for implementing controlled burns, safety considerations and proper weather conditions for conducting a burn. The workshops also will cover how to create a burn plan and time the burn based on your management objectives and landscape.
Each workshop consists of a classroom session and a demonstration burn, weather permitting. Attendees should bring field clothing (cotton or wool — no synthetics), leather boots and gloves to wear for the demonstration.
The workshops are free to attend, but participants must pre-register.
Co-Mo Electric in Tipton will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2. Register by Tuesday by contacting Dean Stucker at 573-796-0286 or Dean.Stucker@mdc.mo.gov, or access mdc.mo.gov/centralevents.
Prairie Fork Conservation Area near Williamsburg will host a workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9. Register by March 1 at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents. For more information, call Jordon Beshears at 573-564-3715, ext. 110.