Field Trip

black walnut plantationWednesday 15 October 2014

Martell Forest is in the Central Till Plain of Indiana, located about 10 km west of Purdue University. It is 200 ha in size, mixed between natural and plantation forests. The site is used for research and teaching by students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR). We will conduct a walking field tour featuring forest restoration research of graduate students within the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center. Afterwards, we will travel by bus to another Purdue FNR farm to continue our tour. We expect to show exotic conifer pine plantation conversionplantations being converted to native hardwoods, afforestation hardwood plantation research, removal of exotic shrubs to facilitate regeneration of native hardwoods, and breeding orchards to produce blight-resistant American chestnut for restoration.

chestnut trialsThe visit will require several kilometers of walking at moderate pace. Alternative transport can be arranged upon request.