Welcome to the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) website! It is our mission to develop and disseminate knowledge associated with the protection, management, and sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and to train the next generation of professionals in the natural resource sciences and wood products manufacturing technology.
We are a vibrant and growing department, offering undergraduate degrees in five majors. We have a talented faculty and professional staff with expertise in Forestry, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resource Social Sciences, Wildlife, and Wood Products. The FNR graduate program offers Master of Science, Master of Science in Forestry, and Doctor of Philosophy in all of these focal areas.
The department maintains strong disciplinary research programs in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife, with an emphasis on applied ecology. Additional expertise exists in molecular biology, including genetics physiology and tissue culture. The interdisciplinary capabilities and interests of the FNR faculty are reflected in the department’s Areas of Excellence.
We have close ties with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station via the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC), a collaborative regional research, development and technology transfer effort among industry, university, private, state, and federal entities. USDA Forest Service scientists stationed here hold adjunct faculty status with the department.
On the West Lafayette campus, our administrative offices and Forestry faculty are housed in Pfendler Hall, the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Wildlife, and Natural Resource Social Sciences faculty are in the Forestry Building, and the Wood Products Manufacturing Technology faculty are on the first floor of the Wood Products Building. We have additional laboratories, classrooms, and offices in off-campus locations, as well as 4,173 acres of forest land distributed among 25 properties around the State of Indiana. The department's history dates back to 1905.