WARRENTON, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a free prescribed burn workshop for landowners, followed by a demonstration burn, at the Warrenton MU Extension Center, 107 West Walton in Warrenton. The workshop will take place Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 pm.
This workshop is part of MDC’s commitment to work with landowners interested in learning how to properly and safely utilize prescribed fire to manage grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades and other natural communities on their land. Prescribed fire when used properly can benefit both native plants and wildlife.
Taught by MDC certified burners, participants will learn about the value and purpose of prescribed fire as a land management tool and will receive instruction on how to safely and effectively plan and conduct a controlled burn. The workshop will cover proper methods and techniques used for implementing controlled burns, burn equipment availability and use, and developing burn plans. Lunch will also be provided at no charge.
After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an actual demonstration burn if weather permits. If weather conditions do not favorable for a safe burn, other practical field exercises will be substituted.
Participants should dress for the weather and have protective eyewear, leather gloves, leather boots, a handkerchief or bandana, water bottle, and clothing made of natural fibers. Clothing made from synthetic materials should be avoided if possible due to its high flammability.
The workshop is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, call MDC Private Land Conservationist Lia Heppermann at 636-583-2303, ext. 3110 or email Lia.Heppermann@mdc.mo.gov.
For more on prescribed burns, go online to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZQz.