The mission of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is to develop and disseminate knowledge in the natural resource sciences associated with the protection, management, and sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems contain a variety of resources, including fish and wildlife, outdoor recreational opportunities, timber, and water. One way the department accomplishes our mission is by owning and managing properties located throughout the state to provide opportunities for research, extension, and education that achieves sustainable use of our natural resources.
Purdue University’s forests are located throughout the state of Indiana to ensure that many of the forest regions are represented and available for long-term research and education opportunities. These forests provide continuous information on how forests change over time through the periodic collection of Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) data. These data allow assessment of forest change in relation to succession, disturbance, and disease.
The harvesting of timber has been used to mimic natural disturbances to change the size and age structure, plant species distribution, wildlife habitat, aesthetic appeal, and the future of the forest. It provides a tool for forest manipulation to allow research and education on forest change. The forest properties controlled by the Forestry and Natural Resources Department of Purdue University provide many of the conditions found throughout Indiana to provide an understanding of the sustainability of harvesting timber and its effects on forests over time.
IMPORTANT: For those who use any of the FNR properties. Please fill out FNR Property Request if you plan on conducting research, teach outdoor labs, or hold extension events on any FNR property.
For information on Safety Training check out the resources available to faculty, staff and students.
UAV PILOTS: Please fill out FNR UAV Flight Operations Request Form 24 hours before each daily planned flights. Property manager will ONLY contact you if there is a known conflict otherwise proceed with flight as planned.
Woodlands Management Committee
- Michael Saunders, Assistant Professor, Committee Chair
- Brian Beheler, Farm Manager
- Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist
- Don Carlson, Forester
- Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
- Douglass Jacobs, Professor
- Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist
- James McKenna, Associate Administrative/Professional
- Ron Rathfon, Regional Extension Forester SIPAC
- Rod Williams, Associate Head for Extension, Associate Professor
Learn More About Our Research
Purdue centers seek to support and enhance the research and partnership enterprise at Purdue University. The centers are valued and encouraged at Purdue as they create a venue for faculty to come together to pursue common goals. Forestry and Natural Resources have faculty and staff involved in six centers here at the University.
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources maintains an impressive collection of state-of-the-art research and education facilities. These labs, green houses, and educational facilities are a fundamental component that enables our faculty and students to learn, make new discoveries, and engage our clients in using these discoveries to sustain our nation’s ecosystems and natural resources.