Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center
The Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) is a collaborative regional research, development and technology transfer effort between industry, university, private, state and federal entities to advance tree improvement of central hardwoods for increased forest productivity in hardwood restoration and reforestation programs.

Northern Research Station dedicates "Garden Greenspace" to the Lafayette Transitional Housing Center (LTHC)

NRS employees Shaneka Lawson and James (Jim) McKenna pose with case manager Dia Brown at the LTHC in Lafayette, IN. Lawson wrote and was awarded a grant to build a private greenspace/garden for center residents who are primarily disabled or mentally-handicapped veterans. This space will allow them to enjoy the outdoors without fear that they will wander off and get lost. The project is still in its infancy but photos of the completed garden will be available soon.





Purdue Commercializes Faster
Growing Hardwood Trees
Called Greatwoods®


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Industries associated with hardwood growth and production may benefit from trademarked varieties of faster growing trees developed through a partnership between Purdue University and the U.S. Forest Service.

Created in 1998, the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) is developing several varieties of trees under the Greatwoods™ name. Greatwoods varieties include black cherry, black walnut, red oak and white oak that have been developed by selective breeding. The center has a staff of 60, including 25 Purdue graduate students.

Charles H. Michler, HTIRC director and a Purdue adjunct professor of forestry, and his colleagues breed trees for specific traits to increase planting and production in Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture reports on its website that hardwood products have a state economic impact of more than a $16 billion annually, supporting 35,000 jobs in the industry and more than 80,000 others in economic sectors that support the industry.


Dr. Shaneka Lawson received the Multicultural Achievement 2014 Director's Award from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. This is in recognition of her outstanding contribution and achievements in the area of workforce diversity.


Department of Forestry and Natural Resources USDA Forest Service HTIRC Purdue University