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Ronald A Rathfon

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Regional Extension Forester SIPAC
812.678.5049
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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.

 

Areas of Specialization - Forest Biology

Facilities/Properties - Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC)

Areas of Excellence - Sustaining Hardwood Ecosystems

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

Eubank, E., & Rathfon, R. A. (2012). Invasive plant series fact sheet: poison hemlock., 3. Retrieved from http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-437-W.pdf

Davis, V., Burger, J. A., Rathfon, R. A., Zipper, C. E., & Miller, C. R. (2012). Selecting tree species for reforestation of Appalachian mined land., 8. Retrieved from http://arri.osmre.gov/FRA/Advisories/FRA_No.9_TreeSpeciesSelection.pdf

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

Rathfon, R. A., Saunders, M. R., & Stump, D. (2009). Forest Improvement Handbook, 28. Retrieved from http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-IDNR-414.pdf

Rathfon, R. A., Jacobs, D., & Farlee, L. (2009). Planting Forest Trees and Shrubs in Indiana, 20. Retrieved from http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-IDNR-36.pdf

Rathfon, R. A., Lichti, N. I., & Swihart, R. K. (2008). Disking and Mid- and Understory Removal Following an Above-Average Acorn Crop in Three Mature Oak Forests in Southern Indiana. Proceedings of the 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 59-69.

Jacobs, D. F., Rathfon, R. A., [unknown], Davis, A. S., & Carlson, D. E. (2005). Stocktype and Harvest Gap Size Influence Northern Red Oak Regeneration Success. 13th Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference.

Rathfon, R. A. (2005). Asian bush honeysuckles: their history, biology, ecology, and control. 60th North Central Weed Science Society Meeting, 177. Retrieved from http://www.ncwss.org/

Rathfon, R. A. (2005). Asian bush honeysuckles: their history, biology, ecology, and control. 60th Northcentral Weed Science Society Meeting, 177. Retrieved from http://www.ncwss.org/

Rathfon, R. A., Fillmore, S., Groninger, J., & [unknown] (2005). STATUS OF REFORESTED MINE SITES IN SOUTHWESTERN INDIANA RECLAIMED FROM 1988 TO 1995. American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2005 National Meeting, 945-962.