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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

Groninger, J., Jacobs, D. F., Burger, J. A., Angel, P. N., & Zipper, C. E. (2018). Tree and shrub species selection for mine reclamation in the Midwest region of USA. Journal of Environmental Solutions for Oil, Gas, and Mining, 4(1), 31-52. doi:10.3992/2377-3545-4.1.31

RATHFON, R. (2018). Invasive species watch – mile-a-minute vine. Woodland Steward Intsitute, 27(1), 4-5.

Frank, G. S., Rathfon, R., & Saunders, M. R. (2018). Ten-year responses of underplanted northern red oak to silvicultural treatments, herbivore exclusion, and fertilization. Forests, 2018(9), 15. doi:10.3390/f9090571

Rathfon, R. (2017). Going native: a guide to buying and landscaping with native plants. 2.

Eubank, E., & Rathfon, R. (2012). Invasive plant series fact sheet: poison hemlock. (Purdue Coop. Ext. Pub. FNR-437-W), 3. Retrieved from

Davis, V., Burger, J., Rathfon, R., Zipper, C., & Miller, C. (2012). Selecting tree species for reforestation of Appalachian mined land. (Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Fore), 8. Retrieved from

Midstory removal methods tested for timely release of newly established oak seedlings under oak shelterwoods. (2011). Proceedings of the 17th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 521-534.

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