Deer season is coming to a close for many here in the Midwest. It is a sad day I know. The great news is… preparation for the 2016 season is here. As a landowner there are several tools in your toolbox that will help you be ready when opening day arrives in the fall.
One such tool is the “Prescribed Burn”. There is simply no way to duplicate the natural benefits from a fire without actually having a fire. That is where the department of conservation comes in.
The MDC is holding a workshop designed to educate landowners in the art of the prescribed burn.
“These workshops are great for landowners who would like to learn about using prescribed fire as a tool to improve wildlife habitat on their property,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist John Pinkowski. “While uncontrolled wildfires can harm habitat and property, controlled use of prescribed fire can actually improve the health of natural ecosystems.”
Find a prescribed fire workshop near you, and register today:
Knox County USDA Office — 56187 State Hwy. 6, Edina
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6
Register by Jan. 29
Call John Pinkowski, MDC Private Land Conservationist, at 660-397-2223 ext. 117
Paris USDA Service Center — 18771 Hwy. 15, Paris
6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
Register by Feb. 25
Call Jamie Ebbesmeyer, MDC Private Land Conservationist, at 660-327-4117 ext. 3
MDC Northeast Regional Office – 3500 S. Baltimore St, Kirksville
9 a.m. – early afternoon, Saturday, March 12
Register by March 7
Call John Murphy, MDC Private Land Conservationist, at 660-651-0644
Macon USDA Service Center – 2108 U.S. Hwy. 63, Macon
9 a.m. – Early Afternoon, Saturday, March 5
Register by March 1
Call Ted Seiler, MDC Private Land Conservationist, at 660-385-2616 ext. 118
This short video will walk you through the process of a prescribed burn so that you may utilized this habitat improving tool to your advantage.
Michael Wardlaw is a Land and Marketing Specialist with United Country’s Trophy Properties and Auction. As a land owner, journalist, and marketing expert he offers a unique perspective to those looking to buy or sell property in the Midwest. Feel free to visit www.tpalandsales.com or call 314-914-0840 for more from Michael Wardlaw.