Dr. R.B. Stewart provided use of his 22 acre property in 1951 for “giving training and practice to students and other”. FNR utilized this property heavily for instruction since it was one of the last remaining woods, along with McCormick Woods, next to campus. The property was acquired by Purdue around 1965 and management directed by FNR. Seven departments utilize the property for outdoor class labs currently. The hiking trail is used daily by local recreationist.
Wanting to walk the trails? Take the Stewart Woods tree trail tour with you for an interactive experience.
- Acquired 1971
- Total acres 31 acres
- 1.45 miles of trail
- Forest inventories dating back to 1941.
- Property cabin foundation can still be found (razed 1971)
- Small harvest in 1966 implemented under FNR direction
Trail Improvements: In 2017, Purdue grounds provided funds and manpower to help FNR managers to install 8 new bridges over creeks and ravines. Sections of trails that ran in or along creek were diverted to higher ground to protect the water course from further erosion.
Why all the dead trees? Emerald ash borers, a non-native beetle, are killing all the ash trees. Dead or dying trees posing a hazard to the trail system are being dropped and left for natural decay. Other tree species will eventually take their place.
- No bikes, horses, or motorized vehicles on trails
- Carry out trash
- No painting or defacing of trees
- Understanding distribution of amphibians and prevalence of pathogenic chytrid fungus: Dr. Catherine Searle
- Mycoflora of Indiana: Dr. Catherine Aime
- Edge Canopy Study: Dr. Brady Hardiman
Property Manager, Map and 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.