State-of-the-art Forestry & Natural Resources Building Will Bring World-wide opportunities

Let’s go inside, said no Department of Forestry and Natural Resources student, faculty or alumni ever! We value wide open spaces, forests, streams and wildlife.

Our department is one of the country’s leading natural resources programs, and Indiana’s only degree-granting and research program in forestry, wildlife and aquatic sciences, so why would we want to go indoors?

Because we’re moving forward on a much-needed new FNR Building.

A new, state-of-the-art, Forestry and Natural Resources building is essential to increasing our technological capabilities, expanding space for program growth, and bringing all FNR faculty, staff, and students under one roof to foster greater interdisciplinary collaborations.

A new, state-of-the-art, Forestry and Natural Resources building is essential to increasing our technological capabilities, expanding space for program growth, and bringing all FNR faculty, staff, and students under one roof to foster greater interdisciplinary collaborations.

A new building also will allow FNR to recruit the very best students, capture new research and educational opportunities, and promote greater communication, innovation and synergy among students, faculty, and staff.

Features of our proposed new building that excite us most include:

  • a floor dedicated to the emerging field of digital natural resources where remote sensing, big data, and artificial intelligence are coming together to create major advancements in the way natural resources will be monitored and managed in the future;
  • a new hardwood products research laboratory to help support product development for the state’s $10 billion dollar per year hardwood products sector;
  • new laboratories to support research on the Great Lakes ecosystem which contributes $5 trillion to the regional economy, and
  • new wildlife research laboratories that will support the thousands of Hoosiers and millions nationally who participate in sustainable hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching.

The Indiana State Legislature approves new university buildings as part of their biennial budget process. Approvals for new buildings in spring 2021 have been delayed until 2023 due to COVID-19. Because approvals for the proposed highest-priority building (Nursing/Pharmacy) appears to be pushed back until 2023, the earliest opportunity for a new FNR building is now pushed back to spring 2025. The new FNR building is still the highest priority capital project for the College of Agriculture. We are continuing our fundraising for a new FNR building as we move toward final approvals.

For more about the new building, check these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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A Letter of Support for FNR from Dean Plaut
As part of the In Focus newsletter for the Purdue College of Agriculture, Dean Karen Plaut specifically highlighted the Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources including the work of our faculty/staff, our centers and our partners.

 


Dr. Jason Hoverman and student testing pond.

The new FNR Building will replace century-old structures with a state-of-the-art facility that will help our students and researchers meet the natural resource challenges of the 21st century.

Student placing soundscape equipment by river to receive sound data.

Construction cost of the 73,000-square-foot building is estimated at $48.5 million. At least $13 million will be secured through fundraising and other monies from the department and College of Agriculture.

Student holding deer mouse for gathering research data.

Early support and naming opportunities — through varied types of gifts pledged over time by individuals and classes — are key in this first phase of fundraising. Your gift will continue FNR's excellence.
FNR Capital Campaign.

New building specs.

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Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) alumnae Rebekah Lumkes and Baleigh Haynes joined an elite group of individuals, completing a 2,192 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. For one, it was the culmination of a college pipedream. For the other, it offered a much-needed life reset. 

Full article: Conquering the Trail

Jessie Elliott, a master’s degree student under Drs. Songlin Fei and Liz Flaherty in the Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, was among 22 students selected as 2020 Esri Development Center Students of the Year.

The Integrated Deer Management Project released its first publication this spring, and the results of its findings have already made an immediate impact on deer management practices within the state.

Full story: DNR Adopts RMU Research Techniques Created by Integrated Deer Management Project

Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources is one of the country’s leading natural resources programs, and Indiana’s only degree-granting and research program in forestry, wildlife and aquatic sciences. Our world-class expertise prepares the next generation of professionals, continues to discover new knowledge, and works together with key stakeholders in the science, management and sustainable use of natural resources. Together we are helping solve some of the most important natural resource problems around the globe.

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After a year of transition to a virtual format in 2020 due to COVID-19, 2021 was one of resilience as Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources faculty, staff and students manuevered into a hybrid world of online and in-person teaching and events, while continuing to reach their educational, research, and outreach goals.

Here’s a look at what you may have missed including new grants and funding, extension work, awards, publications and media appearances: The People, The Research, and The Collaboration

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Amanda Heltzel, wildlife major, receives Stanley Coulter Leadership Award.

FNR Honors Students, Alumni at Virtual Awards Ceremony

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources recognized the department’s student and alumni award winners at a virtual ceremony on April 20, 2021.

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Dr. Liz Flaherty holding jawbone with students identifying other jawbones in the background.

TWS Honors Flaherty with Excellence in Education Award

After being named as the Student Chapter Advisor of the Year by The Wildlife Society in June 2020, Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty is again being honored by TWS.

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