Prescribed-fire workshops set for Tecumseh, Mountain Grove teach prescribed fire for land, wildlife management tool
Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land-management tool at two upcoming Prescribed Fire Workshops presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation in Tecumseh and Mountain Grove. The first will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department. The second option is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, in Mountain Grove. The same information will be shared at both workshops. A prescribed burn demonstration will be held, weather permitting, directly following the Feb. 16 workshop.
MDC says prescribed fire is 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 the MDC across the state.
“Prescribed fire is a low-cost method for landowners to use to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuel for wildfire,” said Christin Byrd, a MDC private land conservationist.
Byrd 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.
To register for the workshop, call 417-686-5043 and provide a contact phone number and how many people will be participating. For more information about prescribed fire, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov/property/fire/prescribed-fire.