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Lenny D. Farlee

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
PFEN Room G021D
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
715 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Areas of Specialization - Forest Biology

Facilities - John S. Wright Center

Areas of Excellence - Applied Ecological Genetics

Related Centers - Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center

Purdue Extension - FNR Extension

Lenny Farlee is an extension forester with the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Lenny graduated with a B.S. in Forest and Wildlife Management in 1985, and a M.S. in Silviculture in 1991, both from Purdue University. He worked with the Indiana Division of Forestry at Vallonia State Tree Nursery from 1988 to 1991 as a Nursery Forester in charge of field operations, producing over 40 species of tree and shrub seedlings. From 1991 to 2006, Lenny was a district forester for the Indiana Division of Forestry. He served landowners in a 10 county area, providing advice and assistance with tree plantings, plantation and forest management, and forest improvement, harvesting, and regeneration. Lenny has presented forestry and conservation education programs to a wide diversity of audiences on topics ranging from Indiana forest history to planning a successful tree planting or timber harvesting operation.

In January of 2007, Lenny joined the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources as the extension forester for the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center. Lenny will provide programs and publications in a variety of media directed toward improving the regeneration and sustainable management of high quality hardwood trees and forests in the Central Hardwood Region.

Awards & Honors

(2011) Board of Directors. Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association.

(2011) Chair Education Committee. Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association.

(2011) Co-chair education committee. Indiana Society of American Foresters.

(2011) Indiana State Tree Farm Committee. Tree Farm.

Selected Publications

Rathfon, R., Jacobs, D., & Farlee, L. D. (2009). Planting Forest Trees and Shrubs in Indiana, 20. Retrieved from

Woeste, K. E., Farlee, L. D., Ostry, M. E., McKenna, J. R., & Weeks, S. S. (2009). A Forest Manager's Guide to Butternut. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, 26(1), 9-14. Retrieved from

Farlee, L. D. (2007). Resources and Assistance Available for Planting Hardwood Seedlings, 12. Retrieved from