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Burnell C Fischer

Professional Interest

Forestry, particularly silviculture and urban forestry; growth and development of Central Hardwood forest stands; community and urban forest management practices and issues; forest resources policy and state government management; collaborative forestry.


Ph.D., Purdue University, 1974
M.S.F., Purdue University, 1971
B.S.F., Purdue University, 1969

Professional Experience

  • State Forester & Director Division of Forestry, Indiana DNR, 1990-2005
  • The Nature Conservancy Sustainable Forestry Review Team, South America Projects, 2005
  • Co-coordinator, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program, 1985-1989
    Professor and Extension Forester,
  • Purdue University, 1977-1997
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1974-1977

Current Projects

  • Member, Board of Directors, Alliance for Community Trees, 2010 – present
  • Urban Forestry Resources and Institutions research program (co-PI), 2009 – present
  • Evaluation of the USFS State & Private Forestry Redesign Program (PI), 2009 – present
  • Chair, Workshop Advisory Council, IUB The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 2009 – present
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Indiana Urban Forest Council, 2007 – present
  • National Arbor Day Association Tree Campus USA Advisory Committee, 2007 – present
  • President, National Association of State Foresters Foundation, 2006 – present
  • IU-B SPEA and City of Bloomington, IN: Partnering for the Urban Forest, 2006 - present
  • Dynamics of Reforestation in Coupled Social-Ecological Systems: Modeling Land-Use Decision Making and Policy Impact, National Science Foundation Grant (co-PI), 2007-09
  • US Forest Service NEPA for the 21st Century Initiative (co-PI), 2006-09
  • Member, City of Bloomington Tree Commission, 2005 - present
  • Member, HP&VA Hardwood Forestry Fund Board, 1999 - present
  • Member, Indiana Forestry Education Foundation, Life Trustee
Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • IU-B Freshman Learning Program Fellow, 2008
  • SPEA Teaching Award, Undergraduate Instruction, 2008
  • Indiana Urban Forest Council “Outstanding Government Entity – in Promoting the Principles of Urban Forestry in Indiana to Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs Urban Forestry Course,” 2007
  • NASF Burney Fischer Current Achievement Award in Urban Forestry, established 2006
  • Indiana Arborist Association Distinguished Service Award, 2004
  • President, National Association of State Foresters (NASF), 2003-2004
  • Purdue University Distinguished Agricultural Alumni, 2003
  • USDA National Urban Forestry & Community Advisory Council (NUCFAC), 2000-2003
  • Elected Fellow, Society of American Foresters, 1998
  • Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, 1997- present
  • Indiana Society of American Foresters Meritorious Service Award, 1996
  • Co-chair Indiana Governor’s Conference on the Environment, 1994
  • General Chair, Society of American Foresters National Convention, 1993
  • Society of American Foresters Technology Transfer and Extension Award, 1985