A historical photo of trees sprayed with numberes in Duke FOrest

On This Day: February 4, 1931

Start of Duke Forest

The Chronicle story on the development of Duke Forest

Dr. Clarence Korstian led the effort to plant nearly 30,000 one-year-old trees in less than a week, transforming 5,000 acres of mostly abandoned agricultural land into Duke Forest. More than 90 years later, the forest has grown to nearly 7,000 acres and remains Duke’s biggest, oldest laboratory. The forest contributes to our understanding of climate change and connects Duke to the Durham community through education and as a destination for running, hiking and rambling.