The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding a free prescribed burn workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. April 3, in the downstairs conference room at the Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence.

MDC experts will discuss how fire influenced ecology prior to pioneer settlement in Missouri in the 1800s. They will discuss timing of burns to achieve management goals for forests, woodlands with trees and grasses, or grasslands with native prairie wildflowers and grasses. Wildlife from deer and turkeys to birds and butterflies depend on native plants and trees for food and shelter. Fire can boost the growth and presence of native plants that evolved with wildfire on the landscape, including those growing in forage pastures. Fire can also reduce the presence of unwanted invasive or native species.

You'll learn about equipment, safety, techniques, developing fire plans, and organizing fire cooperatives so neighbors can assist one another with burns.

This is a free workshop, but registration is requested, call 816-228-3766.