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Katie Sauerbrey

Acting Fire Manager & Preserve Manager, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

  • Areas of Expertise

    prescribed fire, land stewardship & restoration, fire ecology, fire management


Driven by a connection with fire and natural environments, Katie Sauerbrey is a preserve manager and acting fire manager working for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. She has over a decade of experience working for government and non-profit organizations in both fire suppression and prescribed fire management, currently working as the preserve manager and burn boss for TNC’s 30,500-acre Sycan Marsh Preserve. After beginning a career in fire management during undergraduate studies, Katie received an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University with a focus on public acceptability of smoke from prescribed fire. 

Katie is passionate about incorporating best-available science into land management planning and partnering with researchers on prescribed burns to broaden knowledge about fire-processes. She is also committed to inclusivity within fire management and believes that the more diverse our fire workforce, the better off our management practices will be, resulting in healthier ecosystems. In her spare time, she enjoys trail-running, exploring fire scars to analyze fire effects, and snuggling with her dog Finn.

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For Forest Wildlife, Fire Brings A New Start In this video made in partnership with the Oregon Zoo, TNC Oregon Burn Boss Katie Sauerbrey talks about fire cycles, forest ecology, and more.