The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a free prescribed burn workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, September 15 at the Pony Express Conservation Area near Cameron. Prescribed burning of grasslands and savannahs can be a valuable tool for boosting native plant diversity and controlling unwanted vegetation. This can benefit wildlife and, in some applications, livestock forage. But burns must be used correctly to be safe and effective.
This workshop will provide training on planning a burn, the equipment needed, weather and fuel requirements, and safety. Upon registration, participants will receive a link to the online virtual portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite before attending the workshop on September 15. Participants are requested to bring their certificate of completion to the workshop.
This workshop is intended for participants aged 18 and over. Security measures related to COVID-19 will be respected. Registration is mandatory. To register for the workshop and access the online virtual training, visit this link.
Weather permitting, the workshop will include a demonstration burn in the Pony Express Conservation Area. To participate in the demonstration, participants must have leather gloves, leather boots and all-cotton clothing. A cotton bandana is also encouraged.