Cunningham Forest


Cunningham Forest

Acquired by Purdue FNR in 1936, the Cunningham family wished for the property to be used for “research, demonstration, and experimental work in the fields of Forestry and Horticulture”. The property served as the primary teaching, extension, and research forest for FNR until the 1958 purchase of Shidler Forest (Martell forest) and Baker Tract (PWA). The southern 40 acres were dominated by oaks (mostly white and bur) while the north forty was row cropped. FNR quickly reforested the north creating the close to 30 acres of pine forest unique in the area.

Property Map
Property Statistics
  • Acquisition date: 1936
  • Total acres: 80
  • Water feature: small pond and county ditch running through south 40 acres
  • FNR staff/students live in the house on the property.

Unique Features
  • Large old white oak and bur oaks.
  • Pine stands of various species and densities.
  • Unique species planted between original hardwoods and “north field”
  • Paw paw grows very dense in portions of the woods.
  • Tornado in 1953 flattened portions of southwest hardwoods.

Planting Plots Map
Management Plan
  • Contact manager

Historic Plot Information and Reports
  • Contact manager


Recent research includes:

Dr. Catherine Searle, Department of Biology: Distribution of amphibians and reptile populations across IN and prevalence of the pathogen chytrid fungus, Batrachochytruim dendrobatidids.

Dr. Matthew Ginzel, Department of Entomology: Insect trap studies focused on ambrosia and long-horned beetles.

Dr. Douglass Jacobs, FNR: Conversion of pines to native hardwoods.

Pine shelterwood versus clearing for underplanting red oak and A. chestnut

Recent Extension Events
  • Farlee: Wednesday in the Wild: Forest management, plantations, and wildlife.
  • Farlee: Forest landowner event to learn about forest management and invasive species.
  • Farlee: Natural Resources Teacher Institutes 5 year Reunion-tour of property.
  • Location used for IN Division of Forestry - FNR landowner video footage.

  • Please contact manager prior to visiting the property
  • No collecting of plant materials


Property Manager

Brian D Beheler
Phone: 765-496-5015
Fax: 765-583-3512

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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