SIPBA was incorporated in southeastern Illinois as a not-for-profit organization in 2006 and received initial funding from an Illinois Department of Natural Resources C2000 grant and a State Wildlife Grant in 2008. SIPBA also received funds from the National Wild Turkey Federation and an extension of the original State Wildlife Grant until 2014, when a State and Private Forestry grant from the Forest Service funded SIPBAs expansion to the southern 11 counties of Illinois and a new partnership with the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area.
SIPBA members enjoy many valuable and long-lasting benefits from their involvement:
Prescribed fire is growing in popularity, and SIPBA leads the midwest as an example of an effective partnership between landowners, conservation groups, and agencies. Read this article from the Society of American Foresters Journal of Forestry (March 2014).
The success of the Association greatly depends on the active participation and support of our membership. For safe and effective burns, we rely on the landowners to: