Forestry Research at the Ames Plantation

The Ames Plantation provides a rich resource for forest and ecological research. This is due to the large amount of land available and a wide array of sites, ranging from rich and highly dynamic bottomlands to dry ridges. Projects have examined ecological questions such as degrading bottomland forests where sand has deposited very quickly and swamped out large areas. Another study is a concept called “precision forestry” as a method to manage forest stands. These and other projects represent science that is unique and dynamic.

Graduate students are often in residence at Ames. Some visit for days at a time to accomplish their work. Others stay weeks or perhaps several months at a time, depending on the demands of their projects. Scholars and professionals from around the world often visit Ames to see research or participate in teaching.

The 18,653-acre Ames Plantation has approximately 3,500 acres of loblolly pine ranging in age from one to 40 years, 2,600 acres of bottomland hardwoods largely associated with the natural and unchannelized North Fork of the Wolf River and 8,500 acres of upland hardwoods. It is a working forest with annual timber sales from the pine and hardwood resource. The Plantation's loess soils provide excellent forest productivity.

Welcome to the Ames Plantation! There is much to see here. It is a big place where big ideas come to life – ideas that include forest management opportunities, stewardship, teaching and research on the cutting edge. We appreciate your visit and invite your comments.