Prescribed fire workshops to be held in Mercer and Livingston counties

Prescribed Fire Workshop Burning

Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering prescribed fire workshops at locations in Mercer County March 26th and in Livingston County one week later, on April 2nd.

Prescribed fire is described as a useful tool for managing vegetation in grasslands and woodlands. Careful use of fire can also benefit wildlife habitat.

There will be a prescribed fire workshop Saturday, March 26th, at the Lake Paho Conservation Area, west of Princeton. Another prescribed fire workshop is Saturday, April 2nd, at the Poosey Conservation area in northwest Livingston County.

The 9 a-m workshops are to help landowners plan prescribed burns.

Topics include benefits from fire, planning burns, equipment, fire behavior, safety, and organizing burn teams or cooperatives. A hands-on prescribed fire demonstration, subject to weather conditions permitting, will follow each workshop. Attendees wishing to assist with the burn should wear leather boots and bring leather gloves. A lunch will be provided.

There are two deadlines for pre-registration. For the Lake Paho event, register by March 21st. For the Poosey event, register by March 28th.

To register for the prescribed burn workshops, contact Scott Roy of Trenton, a private lands conservationist with Missouri department of conservation.

For more information, phone 660-359-5685, extension 114, or by email Scott Roy at the Missouri Department of Conservation.