New Superintendent Named For Ames Plantation
Dr. Rick Carlisle has been named as the new superintendent of the Ames Plantation by the trustees of the Hobart Ames Foundation and the University of Tennessee. Ames Plantation is an 18,600-acre agricultural and natural resources research facility operated jointly by the Hobart Ames Foundation and the UT Agricultural Experiment Station.
The Plantation is the historical home of the National Field Trial Championship for bird dogs. This year's championship begins February 10, and for approximately two weeks all eyes in the world of competitive bird dogs will be focused on the Plantation.
Carlisle, who had been serving as associate superintendent, assumed his new position January 1 upon the retirement of Dr. James Anderson. Anderson had served as the Plantation's superintendent for 23 years.
Carlisle has been with the Plantation since 1982, when he was appointed assistant superintendent. He holds a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and a master's degree in agronomy from Mississippi State University, and the doctorate in plant and soil science from the University of Tennessee. He also is Secretary - Treasurer of the National Field Trial Champion Association, Inc., and judges some qualifying events for the National Championship. He also trains his own bird dogs.
In his new position Carlisle will shepherd the Plantation's vast natural resources, including some 2,200 acres of row crops, 13,000 acres of forest and 1500 acres of pasture. He will also manage the Plantation's efforts to generate external funding crucial to support the Plantation's research, teaching, and outreach programs.
The Plantation was established as part of the estate of Mrs. Julia C. Ames, who wished to preserve the tradition of bird dog hunting and to benefit agricultural scholarship. In 1950, in honor of her husband, Mrs. Ames' will established the Hobart Ames Foundation to provide the grounds and the administrative support for the national bird dog championship and to benefit the students of the UT College of Agriculture.
As a result of her forethought, the faculty and students of the University of Tennessee have access to the preserve. The UT Agricultural Extension service also plays a part in the Plantation's efforts geared toward forestry, wildlife and natural resource research and education. The Plantation is known worldwide for its quail research, water-quality research, and its efforts toward understanding how to balance environmental quality with the demands of an expanding human population.
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