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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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Bruce Bare

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources alumn and professor emeritus of Univeristy of Washington Bruce Bare shared his story of over 45 years of experience in the forestry industry.


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Useful to UsableThe Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has added an online tool to aid farmers and agricultural advisers in assessing climate patterns. The Climate Patterns Viewer can help growers make more informed farm management decisions during different phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation and Arctic Oscillation.
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. ​

Jeff DukesThe study by Jeff Dukes, Professor of Forestry & Natural Resources & Biological Sciences, finds that the time since the last disturbance in an ecosystem should be considered when predicting how it will respond to climate change.


Linda ProkopyDr. Linda Prokopy, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science, is part of a research team working to improve water management practices on farms.

ORVWWIn a recent WLFI news piece, Kara Salazar discussed an upcoming Workshop aimed at educating local residents and businesses on the practice of Rainscaping. Sessions begin April 6th.

Bruce Bare

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources alumn and professor emeritus of Univeristy of Washington Bruce Bare shared his story of over 45 years of experience in the forestry industry.


Tree with taping equipment, Soundscape Ecology.Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Professor Bryan Pijanowski and his students have now made it possible to hear sounds from a wide number of locations around the world. Our next segment will give you a look at…and a listen to what is happening at the Center for Global Soundscapes.

Hellbender, FNR partnering with zoos raising hellbenders.Purdue University is partnering with three Indiana zoos and the state in a conservation program that will involve raising year-old hellbender salamanders and then a few years later returning them to their southern Indiana habitat to be tracked.

6alumniCertificateFNR is pleased to announce a new program that will provide undergraduate extension internship opportunities for qualified students this summer. This is an exciting program with the potential to build on an already strong set of FNR extension programs while providing valuable experience and training for undergraduates.

meilanGreenerGasWith help from the School of Chemical Engineering, Rick Meilan, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, has developed a strain of poplar trees that is ideal for processing into ethanol. Meilan's poplars will allow for the production of ethanol without affecting effecting the food supply.

BuoyPurdue FNR 1940 alumnus Russell Allen (Phil) Phillips' role in the Hollywood biopic Unbroken is a story of fortitude and survival over incredible odds against the backdrop of World War II. The film chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini and highlights wartime hardships he faced along with Army Air Corps pilot and Purdue alumnus Russell Allen Phillips. After the war Phillips became a middle-school science teacher in LaPorte, Indiana.

BuoyA Purdue University researcher is leading two projects designed to foster the regeneration of oak forests and improve wildlife habitat by burning smaller trees and other inhibiting plants. Michael Saunders, associate professor of forestry, is directing a little-used practice in Indiana called "prescribed burning" - small, controlled fires to kill young trees and shrubs that cover the ground with shade and prevent oak seedlings from growing.

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.

Study: Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating controlA Purdue Univeristy study conducted by Dr. Linda Prokopy, associate professor of natural resource social science, and her research team shares climate change views from scientists and farmers. This research has recently been published in the Albuquerque Business Journal, Baltimore Business Journal and the New York Business Journal. Why climate change deniers are thrilled with a new Purdue Unviersity study.

Study: Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control "Fungus behind thousand cankers disease mutates easily, making control a challenge," shares Keith Woeste, professor of forestry. Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic diversity that may make the disease more difficult to control.

Ariel photo, FNR farm renamed Richard G. Lugar FarmFormer Sen. Richard Lugar will visit Purdue University on November 11th to speak at a ceremony in which Purdue's forestry and natural resources farm will be renamed the Richard G. Lugar Forestry Farm. The 175-acre forestry farm promotes production of improved hardwoods to benefit Indiana's forest products industry along with the farm's resources for student research. The farm also provides the natural resources to experience numerous Extension programs.

Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, Center for Global SoundscapesThe new Discovery Park Center for Global Soundscapes is aimed at preserving the sounds of the Earth and highlighting their bellwether role in alerting scientists to environmental habitat changes by species. Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, Purdue University ecologist, and his research team will examine how animals interact - even across species - amid global habitat modification as well as develop science-related K-12 education curriculum materials.