MDC to hold Prescribed Fire Workshop here Feb. 22
The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a Prescribed Fire Workshop from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Gainesville Livestock Auction on Highway 160 west of Gainesville. The workshop teaches participants how to use prescribed fire as a land-management tool. Those interested in attending are asked to register by calling 417-683-4816, ext. 3.
MDC describes prescribed fire as “an ancient technique used to manage grasslands, woodlands and old fields for forage production and improvement of wildlife habitat. Used first by Native Americans, the technique is now taught by MDC across the state.”
Brad McKee, MDC’s private lands regional supervisor for the Ozark Region, says prescribed fire “is a low-cost method for landowners to use to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuel for wildfire.” McKee said the workshops will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety and why and when to use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality wildlife habitat. He said participation in this workshop will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available equipment on loan from MDC.
For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/property/fire/prescribed-fire.