- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A Purdue University tree farm where scientists work to improve hardwood trees will be renamed next week for former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

Lugar will speak at the Nov. 11 event where the 175-acre farm near the West Lafayette campus will renamed the Richard G. Lugar Forestry Farm.

That farm promotes the production of improved hardwoods and operates primarily under the auspices of the Purdue Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, which Lugar helped create.

The center’s work includes research intended to improve, restore and reforest central hardwoods with trees such as red oak, walnut and the American chestnut.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Lugar “was years ahead of others in promoting forestry research” and is a tree farmer himself who oversees 220 acres of hardwood forest and plantations.

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