The establishment of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve (RTP) in 2001 is a manifestation of the continuing tradition of a green campus embedded within surrounding natural areas and is a unique strength of Indiana University. The RTP’s priority is to enhance the research, teaching, and service missions of the Indiana University. Since it was established, the RTP has more than tripled in size. Between 2003 to 2009, Lilly-Dickey Woods, Bayles Road, Kent Farm, the Morgan-Monroe State Forest (MMSF) AmeriFlux Tower, and a portion of Bradford Woods were added to the IU RTP.
A Quick Summary of Our History
The Griffy Woods property contains both public recreational areas and private research sites. It consists of heavily forested ridges and ravines flowing into Lake Griffy as well as flatter upland and bottomland areas. A diversity of successional stages can also be seen in different parts of the property.
The Moores Creek private research property along the shore of Lake Monroe consists almost completely of heavily-forested and steeply-dissected ridge and ravine topography. Access is difficult and there is little evidence of human presence. This site allows extensive, long-term field studies under pristine conditions.