Learn more about prescribed burning at MDC’s online course and field day

ByMike V. Cooper

Aug 26, 2022

MINDENMINES, Mo. – When used under controlled and supervised conditions, fire can be a beneficial land management tool. However, it is important to emphasize that prescribed burning involves on-site planning and management.

Those interested in learning to use fire as a management tool should register for a two-part controlled burn workshop hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The field day portion of the workshop will take place on September 10, but to participate, program participants must first complete the online portion of the class. A link to the online part of the workshop will be given to people when they register. The online portion can be completed in two to four hours and is a mandatory prerequisite for the field day. At the end of the online portion of the event, people will receive a certificate of completion to bring to the burn demonstration on September 10.

The September 10 demonstration burn will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the MDC’s Shawnee Trail Conservation Area in Barton County. The address of the burn site is 1438 SW 50th Road, Mindenmines, MO 65769. During this portion of the workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience on how to execute a prescribed burn for grassland management. Topics that will be covered by Meagan Duffee-Yates, MDC Private Lands Ecologist, include equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, lighting operations and other aspects necessary to perform a safe and successful prescribed burn. Appropriate clothing for the burn will be leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, a cotton long-sleeved shirt, and safety glasses.

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This event has a registration deadline of September 2. For more information about this event, call 417-682-3571 or email [email protected]