MDC and TNC are offering a free online prescribed burn course and field day Sept. 17 in El Dorado Springs

El Dorado Springs, Missouri – Prescribed burns are an effective way to improve wildlife habitat or livestock forage in grasslands and savannahs. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will be offering a free online prescribed burn course followed by a demonstration burn from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Wah’Kon-Grasslands Conservation Area. Tah near El Dorado Springs. .

When properly applied, prescribed burning can be a valuable tool for managing native plant diversity and controlling unwanted vegetation. This workshop will provide basic information on how to plan and execute prescribed burning for grassland, savanna and woodland management. Upon registration, participants will receive a link to the online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite and can be completed in approximately 2-4 hours. Participants are asked to bring their certificate of completion to the demonstration burn.

During the field day, a demonstration burn will be carried out on a plot of Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie. Participants should dress accordingly with leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long-sleeved shirt and safety glasses. Instructors will teach burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, lighting operations, and other techniques to safely perform a prescribed burn.

This workshop is intended for participants aged 18 and over. Security measures related to COVID-19 will be respected. Registration is compulsory and each participant must register. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4qq. For more information, instructions, or assistance with registration, call the Clinton MDC office at 660-885-6981.

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