Baker Prairie

 

Ozark Trillium
Ozark Trillium
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Royal Catchfly
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Silky Aster
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Downy Gentian
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Early Goldenrod
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Willow Flycatcher
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Ornate Box Turtle
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Big Bluestem Grass
Located within the city limits and adjacent to Harrison High School and Middle School, Baker Prairie is one of Arkansas’ finest educational resources and among the most accessible of all the natural areas in the state.

Baker Prairie is home to over 250 different species of animals and plants.  Some of the rare plants include:  Ozark trillium, prairie violet, royal catchfly, silky aster, downy gentian, and early goldenrod.  Baker Prairie is also home to four animal species of special concern:  willow flycatcher, grasshopper sparrow, prairie mole cricket, and ornate box turtle.  

Due to its relatively small size and urban location, habitat degradation is a constant concern. Baker Prairie is a natural area that must be protected with special care.

Friends of Baker Prairie (FOBP) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Baker Prairie, a native tallgrass prairie located in Harrison, Arkansas.

The 71 virgin acres of Baker Prairie are all that remain of a 5,000 acre prairie ecosystem located in northwest Arkansas.  As development continues to surround Baker Prairie, threats to its healthy survival multiply. 

The mission of Friends of Baker Prairie is to protect Baker Prairie for the enjoyment of current and future generations and to promote educational projects informing others about its esthetic, ecological, and historical significance.


Directions:
Follow U.S. Highway 65 north through Harrison.  At the intersection of Hwy. 65, Hwy. 65B (North Main) and Industrial Park Road continue west on Industrial Park Road (Hwy. 65 is the main road and will turn to the north at this point).  Follow Industrial Park Road to Goblin Drive. At stoplight, turn left on Goblin Drive.  The prairie is 0.5 mile down Goblin Drive.  Signs are on both sides of the road.  Parking is available on the left side of the road at the high school and middle school.

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Due to its relatively small size and urban location, habitat degradation is a constant concern. Baker Prairie is a natural area that must be protected with special care.
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Friends of Baker Prairie 
Friends of Baker Prairie - What We Do:
Locally monitor and assess the ecological health of Baker Prairie through frequent observation of ecosystem biodiversity and function.

Identify changes in local development that could impact the integrity of the natural area.

Partner with The Nature Conservancy,
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The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and the
Harrison Disorganized Bird Club in stewardship projects to maintain and protect this unique habitat.

Support environmental education by awarding college scholarships to local students.   Contact us for an application.

Seek to increase awareness and knowledge of Baker Prairie through community outreach events.

Why Baker Prairie Matters:
Tallgrass Prairies:
Provide Ongoing Necessary Ecological Protection
Provide Genetic Biodiversity
Provide Instruction for Sustainable Agricultural Practice
Provide Historic Insight into our Uniquely American Culture and Heritage
Baker Prairie:
Provides Destination for Ecotourism and Education
Provides a Local, Tangible Opportunity to Serve as Stewards of the Earth

 
 
6:21 pm
November 23, 2017