Missouri Department of Conservation to hold prescribed fire workshop

Missouri Department of Conservation to hold prescribed fire workshop

PARK HILLS, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Conservation will be teaching an old technique to a new audience this summer.

Landowners are being invited to a

workshop happening in August at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo.

According to the conservation department, prescribed fires were first used by Native Americans to manage grasslands and other fields to improve the land for wildlife and help with forage production. The skill is now taught by conservation departments throughout Missouri.

"[It's] a low cost method for landowners to use," Julie Norris, a private lands conservationist, said.

The workshop will include classroom discussions on how, when and why to use fire as a management tool. Participants can also attend a demonstration burn to see how the tools and techniques work.

According to Norris, the workshop will qualify attendees to have a prescribed burn prepared for their fields and make loan equipment available.

Workshops are planned from 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.and 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 11.

To register, call the Missouri Conservation Department at (573) 290-5730.

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