Private companies and nonprofits engaged in the critical job of preventing catastrophic wildfire through the implementation of fuels reduction/forest thinning, brushing, support of prescribed burns, etc. face a litany of insurance challenges. Insurance brokers without in depth knowledge of the practices and exposures involved in such work simply cannot exert appropriate control over the application of correct workers compensation class codes, stand little chance of avoiding the assigned risk pool, and offer few options package policies. Conservation United co-founder, Chris Baker, developed the chainsaw training program for multiple conservation corps, achieved USFS chainsaw certification to the B-level, achieved red-card certification through the US Forest Service, served as a Crew Lead for years on fuels reduction/thinning projects, and has participated in both prescribed burns and slash pile burning operations. No broker can represent organizations and companies involved in forestry with anything approaching Conservation United’s knowledge, experience, and credibility. Industry-specific credibility is invaluable in selecting a broker.