El Dorado - Amador Prescribed Burn Association
The El Dorado Amador Prescribed Burn Association is a group made up of local residents helping private landowners to conduct prescribed burns on their own properties. The goal of the Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) is to provide the community with training, equipment, and support to empower landowners to conduct intentional burns on their lands. The El Dorado Amador PBA was formed in late 2021 and has hosted several workshops and training days. The PBA has also received grant funds from the Department of Conservation to hire a coordinator and continue expanding training efforts.
Much of the Sierra Nevada is a fire adapted ecosystem which historically burned frequently at low intensity, but
decades of fire suppression have not allowed fire to play its needed role in this ecosystem. Prescribed fire is a critical tool for managing working rangelands and forests in the Sierra Nevada. Other PBAs throughout the state have demonstrated over several years of burning that utilizing prescribed fire on private lands can be a cost-effective and accessible tool for landowners to reduce wildfire hazard and meet a variety of ecological objectives.