Amanda Rau started working in wildland fire management as a member of a 20-person handcrew based in Springfield, Oregon in 1999. In 2001, after finishing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Oregon, she began to pursue a career fire management, working on interagency hotshot crews, handcrews, and engines in Oregon, Montana, and California; as a fuels technician on the Deschutes National Forest; and assistant fire management officer in fuels management on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland.
Amanda 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, for which she serves as chair. Amanda has since worked for the Prineville Bureau of Land Management as a natural resource specialist coordinating post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation and as invasives program manager for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland. In 2015, she accepted a position as fire manager for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Washington.
Amanda’s family originally settled in the Willamette Valley in the late 1800’s, and the roots of her passion for conservation in Oregon run deep.