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The anticipated 2011 Indiana Forest Products Price Report and Trend Analysis is available. This report includes statistical analyses and interpretation of the annual survey of log buyers in Indiana conducted in cooperation with the Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service. Sawlog prices are reported by species and Purdue log grade. Author: Dr. Bill Hoover.

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​FNR 444-Arboricultural Practices teaches students the necessary skills to become a professional arborist. There is more to the profession than you might imagine, as it involves planning for urban arboreal growth and care. Purdue Exponent.
This new podcast series, Boiler Up for Wildlife, has our host Dr. Rod Williams talking with wildlife biologists about current wildlife issues. For this podcast we are discussing disease issues associated with White-tailed Deer.
Jamieson, a ​Distinguished Ag Alumni, recently led the National Association of Landscape Professionals' 19th annual Renewal & Remembrance​ event. Volunteers at the event provided arborist services such as planting, pruning, mulching and other lawn care.​​​​​​​​​​​
A Purdue University study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and conservationists better identify and rank species that are threatened or endangered.
Homeowners and landowners need to keep an eye on trees that may be dying from weather-related stress, Purdue University tree experts say. Symptoms recently noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees in Indiana include leaf scorch - the browning of leaves - branch dieback and premature defoliation.
The Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has published a survey in the form of a statistical atlas with information on farmers' practices, beliefs about climate and weather and the tools they use to make farm decisions. Using this information and continuing with the format of the series, the new atlas provides additional findings by watershed. ​​
Over-fished yellow perch in Lake Michigan have recovered much quicker - by hundreds of years - in reaching reproductive maturity at a later age and larger size than scientists previously thought was possible, according to a Purdue University study. Data analyzed in the study came from departments of natural resources in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada, and Ball State University.
With more than 45 species of mussels, the Tippecanoe River is home to one of the most diverse populations of freshwater mussels in the U.S., including six endangered species. Protecting mussels is critical for maintaining good water quality, healthy fish and wildlife populations, and recreational use of the river.
The nation's oldest known bald eagle has died after reportedly being struck by a motor vehicle. The raptor was found in Wisconsin as a nestling in 1977, and later moved to New York.​ The age of the eagle is a testiment to the success of efforts to protect its species.
50 young hellbenders were moved from Purdue's Aquaculture Research Lab to the Columbian Park Zoo, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and Mesker Park Zoo in an effort to raise them to adulthood before releasing them back into the wild, greatly improving their chance of survival and making progress towards the goal of saving the Hellbenders in Indiana.​
Purdue AgPlanting trees in your yard can offer much more than aesthetic value, as Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell explains in this article about how to properly plant trees to provide a cooling effect for your home during the summer and a passive solar gain during the winter.  
Purdue AgPurdue's College of Agriculture has been ranked the fifth-best college of agriculture and forestry worldwide by British company Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education specialist. This ranking is up from eighth last year and reflects the incredible work currently done by the department's faculty, students, and staff.  
Useful to UsablePurdue members of the muti-university climate initiative organization Useful to Usable (U2U) were recently awarded the College of Agriculture's 2015 TEAM award for their innovative communication work with Midwestern farmers. The U2U team has provided farmers with online tools featuring up-to-date climate data to assist with activities throughout the growing cycle. A public ceremony will be hosted to recognize the team's achievements on May 11th from 2-4pm in Pfendler Hall's Deans Auditorium.  ​
Soybean Sniffs teamSoy Sniffs, a soybean-based air freshener, created by Purdue students Sara Richert, Evan Anderson and Sean Anderson won the 2015 Student Soybean Product Competition at Purdue University. The team won $20,000 from the Indiana Soybean Alliance for their invention.

Soundscape EcologyBryan Pijanowski, Professor of Human-Environment Modeling and Analysis Laboratory, was interviewed by NOVA, a documentary series focused on science and a department of PBS, for his research on soundscape ecology. 

Thousand Canker Disease, Walnut Tree

The invasive species Walnut Twig Beetle​ most commonly known for its cause of Thousand Canker Disease of Black Walnut has been detected at a sawmill located in Franklin County. ​

BuoyIllinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) will be placing a new environmental sensing buoy north of Chicago the summer of 2015. This buoy will inform researchers in near real time of wave height and direction, wind speed, and air and surface water temperatures allowing them to assess conditions for beach-goers, boaters, manage fisheries, etc.