A New Indoors For a Greater Outdoors

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 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.

Will you help build it with us?

FNR Capital Campaign

Forestry Capital Conversations

A Letter of Support of 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.

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
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.
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
Amazing Alumni Student Success Research Impacts Fast Facts 2019 Year in Review Summer News and Notes
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Let's begin a conversation.

Kelly Delp

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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