The mission of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is to develop and disseminate knowledge in the natural resource sciences associated with the protection, management, and sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems contain a variety of resources, including fish and wildlife, outdoor recreational opportunities, timber, and water. One way the department accomplishes our mission is by owning and managing properties located throughout the state to provide opportunities for research, extension, and education that achieves sustainable use of our natural resources.
Purdue University’s forests are located throughout the state of Indiana to ensure that many of the forest regions are represented and available for long-term research and education opportunities. These forests provide continuous information on how forests change over time through the periodic collection of Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) data. These data allow assessment of forest change in relation to succession, disturbance, and disease.
The harvesting of timber has been used to mimic natural disturbances to change the size and age structure, plant species distribution, wildlife habitat, aesthetic appeal, and the future of the forest. It provides a tool for forest manipulation to allow research and education on forest change. The forest properties controlled by the Forestry and Natural Resources Department of Purdue University provide many of the conditions found throughout Indiana to provide an understanding of the sustainability of harvesting timber and its effects on forests over time.
For those who use any of the FNR properties. Please fill out
FNR Property Request
if you plan on conducting research, teach outdoor labs, or hold extension events on any FNR property.
Please fill out
FNR UAV Flight Operations Request Form
24 hours before each daily planned flights. Property manager will ONLY contact you if there is a known conflict otherwise proceed with flight as planned.
Woodlands Management Committee
Michael Saunders, Assistant Professor, Committee Chair
Brian Beheler, Farm Manager
Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Don Carlson, Forester
Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Douglass Jacobs, Professor
Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist
James McKenna, Associate Administrative/Professional
Ron Rathfon, Regional Extension Forester SIPAC
Rod Williams, Associate Head for Extension, Associate Professor