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MCCD offers class on prescribed burns

RINGWOOD – Fire is an ecological management tool for the McHenry County Conservation District.

The goal is control the timing and extent of fires to have the maximum ecological benefit at a minimum cost and to do so while ensuring the safety of the fire crew and the public.

A class offered by the conservation district will tackle the particulars of using prescribed burns in ecological restoration.

The workshop will run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

It will be taught by the district's restoration ecologist Jeff Murray and restoration technician Adam Rex, and participants will receive Chicago Wilderness Crew Member Burn Training certification.

The program is for those 14 years and older and costs $40 for county residents and $45 for non-residents. Participants should bring a lunch and something to drink and dress for the weather because part of the class will be outdoors.

The registration deadline is March 20.

Registration can be completed by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, online at www.MCCDistrict.org or walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

- Northwest Herald

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