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Ronald A Rathfon

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Regional Extension Forester SIPAC
11367 E. Purdue Farm Road
Dubois, IN 47527

Areas of Specialization - Forest Biology

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Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC)

Purdue Extension FNR Extension

Mr. Ron Rathfon serves as Purdue University’s extension forester in southwest Indiana.  His office is located at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC) in Dubois County.  His time is split between conducting applied forestry research and forestry outreach (extension) activities directed to private landowners, professional foresters and other natural resource professionals, youth groups, educators, and the public.  In addition, he manages over 600 acres of departmental forest at SIPAC where much of his research is conducted.

 He has a Master of Science (MS 1990) in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Bachelor of Science (BS 1987) in Forest Management from University of Idaho, and an Associate of Science (AS 1984) in Forest Technology from The Pennsylvania State University.  He has served as a Purdue extension forester since 1992.


Awards & Honors

(2012) 2011 President's Award. Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Area.

(2012) Fellow. Society of American Foresters.

(2011) 26th Annual Eastern Region Honor Awards. USDA Forest Service.

Selected Publications

Saunders, M., & Stump, D. (2009). Forest Improvement Handbook. (FNR-IDNR-414), 28. Retrieved from

Jacobs, D., & Farlee, L. (2009). Planting Forest Trees and Shrubs in Indiana. (FNR-IDNR-36), 20. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R. (2004). Status of Reforested Mine Sites in Southwestern Indiana reclaimed Unuder the Indiana Regulatory Program. (FNR-251), 15.

Rathfon, R. (2002). Part 2. Planning for the Future. (FNR-181), 6. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R. (2002). Part 3. Keeping Your Forest Healthy and Productive. (FNR-182), 12. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R. (2002). Part 4. Conserving Nature. (FNR-183), 6. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R., & Rathfon, D. (2002). Part 5. Forests and Water. (FNR-184), 8. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R. (2002). Part 6. Maintaining the Aesthetic Beauty and Enhancing the Recreational and Cultural Values of Your Forest. (FNR-185), 6. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R. (2002). Part 7. Managing for a Diversity of Value-Added Forest Products. (FNR-186), 8. Retrieved from

Rathfon, R., & Rathfon, W. (2002). Part 8. Help! (FNR-187), 14. Retrieved from

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