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The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a workshop using prescribed fire later this month near Chillicothe. Media Specialist Bill Graham said that fire, when used under monitored conditions, can have positive impacts. “We use prescribed fire in both woodlands and grasslands because it helps control plants we don’t necessarily want,” said Graham, “It can also boost forage and habitat to help wildlife.”
Graham said the program will include a wide variety of topics. “Experts will discuss how to plan a prescribed burn and the various benefits using a prescribed burn on a pasture or grassland,” said Graham, “We will talk about how to do it safely, the proper equipment you’ll need, fire behavior and history, and how to organize a cooperative in a broad neighborhood where several people want to burn.”
The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 31 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mildred Litton Community Center near Chillicothe. The program is free, but those planning to attend are asked to pre-register by January 28th by calling 660-359-5685 ext. 411 or 660-646-6220 ext. 116.