Workshops planned in Phelps and Pulaski counties that will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available equipment on loan from MDC.

Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at free prescribed-fire workshops presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).  

Workshops are planned in January in Phelps and Pulaski counties where landowners can learn the 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 Brad McKee, MDC’s private lands regional supervisor for the Ozark Region.

McKee 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.

The free prescribed-fire workshop will be held in Phelps County from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the Eugene Northern Community Hall at 400 W. Fourth St. in Rolla.

In Pulaski County, the workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Waynesville Rural Training Center at 25785 Red Oak Road in Waynesville. 

Call (573) 364-6202, ext. 3, to register for the workshops.