MDC offers free land management workshop

Some Missouri landowners wish to give back to their properties. They'll learn some techniques early next month.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a free land management workshop on Sept. 9 in Portland.

Workshop participants will learn land management skills such as managing wildlife, utilizing fire to maintain land and harvesting sustainably, for different land types (focusing on woodlands).

Maddie Est, media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said the department encourages those who own -- or are interested in owning -- land, and those who are interested in managing land for specific animals like turkey or deer, to participate.

Est said important parts of managing land are building an environment that is beneficial to the ecosystem and to the landowner, and "giving back to land that is giving to you."

The workshop will will take place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Bill and Margie Haag property, 8801 Little Tavern Creek Road in Portland.

Online registration is required and will close 5 p.m. Sept. 1.

Partners for the workshop include the University of Missouri Extension, Forest and Woodland Association of Missouri, Independent Stave Company and the Missouri Grouse Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation.