Prescribed burn workshop set for May 3 at UMC

A prescribed burning workshop for private landowners and others interested in using fire for grassland management is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 3 at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy are sponsoring the free workshop; pre-registration is required.

Participants will spend the morning of the workshop in the classroom learning about prescribed fire for grasslands and wildlife. Experienced instructors will cover the basics of prescribed fire, from planning to ignition to mopping up. After lunch, participants will apply their skills in the field with a prescribed burn, weather permitting.

A prescribed burn is the planned and intentional burning of habitat to remove dead plant material and rejuvenate growth of desirable grasses and forbs. Properly implemented and timed, prescribed burning can be one of the most effective and economical ways to improve grassland habitat.

Burn participants must wear appropriate clothing, including leather boots, leather gloves, eye protection and 100 percent cotton or wool clothing. No synthetic or blended fabrics will be allowed. Participants also must sign a waiver of liability.

Class size is limited to 20 people, at least 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by April 28. To register and obtain more information call Emily Hutchins at (218) 637-2156.

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