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Prescribed burn workshop in Springfield on Feb. 17

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Prescribed fire can be a great tool to improve wildlife habitat on your land. Learn more about how to use fire to improve your propery at a prescribed burn workshop Feb. 17 at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Southwest Regional Office in Springfield.

Prescribed fire can be a great tool to improve wildlife habitat on your land. Learn more about how to use fire to improve your propery at a prescribed burn workshop Feb. 17 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Southwest Regional Office in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Fire can be a beneficial land management tool when used in controlled and supervised conditions. However, fire requires advanced planning and on-site management – and training.

If you’re interested in learning how to use fire as a management tool on your land, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a prescribed burn workshop from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the MDC Southwest Regional Office in Springfield, 2630 N. Mayfair Ave. This free workshop is for landowners who are interested in learning how to conduct prescribed burns properly and safely on their property with the goal of improving wildlife habitat. It is a pre-requisite for landowners who wish to enroll in prescribed fire cost-share programs.

Call the Southwest Regional Office at 417-895-6880 to register. The deadline is Feb. 16. More information about prescribed fire and other conservation-oriented land management strategies can be found at mdc.mo.gov.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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