Haskell-Baker Wetlands

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The Haskell-Baker Wetlands in March 2009
The Haskell-Baker Wetlands

The Haskell-Baker Wetlands is a nature preserve and artificially-sustained wetland,[1] spanning approximately 640 acres (2.6 km2) adjacently south of Lawrence, Kansas, United States.

Joint owners Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the University of Kansas hold 573, 27, 20, and 20 acres, respectively. Baker University received its portion from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1968.[citation needed]

In 1969, the National Park Service declared the wetlands a National Natural Landmark. The wetlands support 413 documented species of vascular plant, 265 species of bird, and 61 additional vertebrate species.[2]

South Lawrence Trafficway alignment controversy[edit]

A proposal for completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway—a realignment of K-10—generated fierce opposition. Scientists and environmental researchers contended that the highway would do irreparable harm to a sensitive ecosystem.[citation needed]

A plan to mitigate for lost wetlands, loss of pedestrian access, and highway noise was approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Department of Transportation, and Federal Highway Administration.[3] Approximately 380 acres of manmade wetlands will be developed adjacent to the current site.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Boyd, Roger. "Frequently Asked Questions". BakerU.edu. Baker University. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  2. ^ Boyd, Roger. "Species Lists". BakerU.edu. Baker University. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  3. ^ "SLT website". 
  4. ^ "KDOT commits $192 million to complete South Lawrence Trafficway". Retrieved 2011-08-11. 

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Coordinates: 38°55′N 95°14′W / 38.917°N 95.233°W / 38.917; -95.233