Amanda Rau started working in wildland fire management as a member of a 20-person crew based in Springfield, Oregon in 1999. In 2001, after finishing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Oregon, she began to seriously pursue a career fire management, working on crews based in Oregon, Montana, and California; as a fuels technician on the Deschutes National Forest; as assistant fire management officer in fuels management on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland. She studied Natural Resources at Oregon State University and completed a Masters in Natural Resources, Fire Ecology, and Management at the University of Idaho in 2012. That same year, she co-founded the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council. Amanda has since worked for the Prineville Bureau of Land Management as a natural resource specialist coordinating post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation, as invasives program manager for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland, and as fire program manager for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Washington. She currently works for Oregon State University Extension’s Forestry and Natural Resources Fire Program as a regional fire specialist (assistant professor of practice) serving the Willamette Valley and Cascades.
John Bailey Vice Chair
John is Professor of Silviculture and Wildland Fire in the Forest Resources, Engineering and Management department within the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. In addition to mentoring students and advising the Student Association for Fire Ecology (“OSU Pyromaniacs”), his research and teaching focuses on using traditional and experimental silviculture practices to achieve a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, and ecosystem resilience. Prescribed fire has a rich history in forest management beyond fuels reduction and wildfire risk reduction, and John has been a prescribed burner and firefighter since his undergraduate days at Virginia Tech.
Mike Wheelock Member At Large
Mike started Grayback Forestry in 1979. Since then they have provided resources and services to clients such as USFS, BLM, USF&W, private lumber companies and private landowners.
Jenna Knobloch Administrative Coordinator
Jenna works on landscape-scale forest restoration projects that support ecosystem health and community wellbeing in the age of wildfire, providing assistance in partnership building, facilitation, and project management. She also coordinates the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council’s work expanding responsible use of fire as a land management tool. Prior to joining Sustainable Northwest, Jenna worked in the Research and Analysis Division of the nonpartisan Legislative Services Office in Idaho. Jenna received her Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University where her projects explored consensus-based approaches to environmental challenges and community responses to natural disasters. Jenna also received a degree in economics from Portland State University.