Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center – Ashland MO


This densely forested area in the 30’s was marginal land having been logged and overgrazed. This prompted the purchase of these marginal farms which were nearly bankrupt and the formation of the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center, a function of the University of Missouri. The land had been improved by the CCC with planting of pine, locust, and Osage orange trees as a part of the Mark Twain National Forest. Ashland Lake /dam and the adjacent building with its rock walls were also built by the CCC.

The area is located four miles east of Ashland around Ashland Lake off of Rt. Y.

Source notes

Information from a personal conversation with descendent of CCC worker at the Mark Twain National Forest site.

Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on April 7, 2013.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Location Info

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E State Route Y
Ashland, MO 65010

Coordinates: 38.755355, -92.20474

2 comments on “Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center – Ashland MO

  1. helen wallace

    Extremely curious about the rock building at the dam by Basket Forest I was wondering about photos and background would this property ever be for sale

    • Gabriel Milner

      For this, you should contact Baskett Wildlife directly: (573) 882 0867

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