Baskett Forest


Ashland (2,266 acres)

Baskett Forest, located five miles east of Ashland, Mo., on Highway Y, is an integral part of the School of Natural Resources mission of teaching, research and extension. Baskett is used as an outdoor laboratory for several classes including silviculture, wildlife management and forest inventory, and has been the source of more than 250 publications.

Named for long-time director Thomas S. Baskett, MU established this research and education center in 1939.


15550 S Bob Veach Rd.
Ashland, MO 65010

38°45’48.52” N, 92°11’49.26” W

  • From Columbia, take Highway 63 South.
  • Take the Ashland exit (State Highway Y) and go east approximately 4 miles.


For general questions, contact Benjamin Knapp, 573-882-0867


Research Highlights

  • The Missouri Ozark AmeriFlux (MOFLUX) project examines the impacts of extreme weather and climate on forest-level carbon dioxide uptake and release.
  • Long-term forest monitoring to evaluate forest dynamics.
  • Developing management strategies to mitigate invasive species.
  • Monitoring water quality and quantity in relation to forested watershed conditions.

Extension & Education