The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is actively collaborating with these government organizations on a number of outreach and continuing education opportunities:
EPA Great Lakes National Program Office
This office funds Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant extension positions in the GLNPO office in Chicago. The IISG shares research, outreach, and education to bring the latest science to Great Lakes communities and their residents. By connecting decision-makers with science, we help strengthen and preserve ecosystems and communities in southern Lake Michigan and beyond.
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE)
In cooperation with Ball State University, Indiana University, and Indiana State University, the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University is creating a long-term field experiment on forest management, centered in the beginning at Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Additional collaborators are state government, the USDA Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy. This project aims to determine the ecological and social impacts of long-term forest management on public and private lands in Indiana and the Central Hardwoods Region. The idea is to create a series of study areas in which common forest management techniques will be used, and then study how a wide variety of organisms respond. The forest management techniques will include small clearcuts, single tree or small group selection cuts, and “no management” controls.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Purdue FNR has teamed up with several divisions in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Together the divisions and Purdue have created a joint extension publication and video series, along with webinars and workshops. Purdue FNR also conducts continuing education programs for natural resource professionals working for the state.
Indiana Division of Forestry
The Division of Forestry partners with Purdue FNR on a number of projects. They provide funding for research including funding the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment and research projects with specific faculty members.
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife
The Division of Fish and Wildlife also partners to provide funding for wildlife research, including the genetics of endangered species, animal damage, and fisheries surveys.
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
Purdue CES funds FNR Extension Signature Programs, Nature of Teaching and Sustainable Communities, along with other FNR extension programs including Aquaculture Marketing, Pond and Wildlife Management, Rainscaping Education, Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces, Indiana Woodlands Education and many more.
USDA Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station provides partial funding for the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center at Purdue University. This funding supports research and technology transfer positions. Research at the HTIRC focuses on hardwood productivity in the Central Hardwoods forest region including both afforestation/reforestation and silviculture.