WAPELLO — A prescribed fire workshop will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 10728 County Road X-61, Wapello.

This workshop is geared toward landowners who are interested in using prescribed fire as a management tool for prairies and woodlands. Anyone age 18 or older may attend.

Volunteer firefighters also may find this class interesting and helpful in responding to wildfires.

The one-day class will cover a brief history of fire in Iowa, the benefits of prescribed fire, setting management goals and objectives. Burn plans, fire weather and safety also will be covered.

A burn will not be conducted. Participants will be allowed to examine fire equipment caches stocked with wildland firefighting equipment such as bladder bags, drip torches, flame-resistant suits, fire specific tools and personal protective equipment.

Advance registration is required.

Participants can register and pay online at www.Tri-Rivers.org or download a form to fill out and mail in with payment of $15. Registration forms also can be picked up in Louisa or Muscatine counties at the conservation offices and NRCS offices. 

Contact Louisa County Conservation at (319) 523-8381 or lccb@lccb.org with questions. Form and payment are required to secure a place in the class. The $15 fee includes class materials, coffee, rolls and a hot lunch.