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A controlled burn in a dry field.
MDC invites landowners to attend FREE workshops in northeast Missouri on prescribed fire as a land management tool.

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in northeast Missouri

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Mar 12, 2020


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites landowners, natural resources managers, and others interested in learning about prescribed fire to free workshops in Macon and Chariton counties this spring.

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

“Prescribed fire can be a valuable tool to manage your CRP fields, woodlands, and other wildlife habitat,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist Rich Crowe. “Come interact with MDC staff who will help you to better understand fire behavior, planning, and carrying out a burn.”

Find a prescribed fire workshop near you, and register today:

  • Salisbury City Park Scout Cabin – 807 S. Broadway in Salisbury
    9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, March 28
    Lunch provided
    Register by March 26 at
    For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Rich Crowe at (660) 258-5732, ext. 3021, or
  • Macon County USDA Service Center – 2108 US Highway 63 in Macon
    9 a.m.­­–3 p.m., Saturday, March 28
    Weather permitting, a demo burn will take place during the afternoon portion of the clinic.
    Lunch will be provided unless the demo burn is canceled due to weather.
    Register by March 28 at
    For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Ted Seiler at (660) 385-2616, ext. 118, or

These workshops are free and open to all ages, but space is limited and preregistration is required at the links above, or by contacting the MDC private land conservationist organizing each event.

Attendees planning to participate in the demo burn at the Macon workshop should wear all-cotton clothes, including jeans, long-sleeve shirt, sturdy leather boots, and gloves.

MDC works with you and for you to sustain healthy fish, forests, and wildlife.  For more information on prescribed fire, visit

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