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Saving an American Treasure


History and Background

Chinquapin burs, nuts leaves seed

The Ozark Chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis) is a drought tolerant hardwood tree that inhabited the rocky upper slopes and ridge tops of the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains


Restoration Work


Volunteers cross-pollinate blight-resistant trees and place bags to prevent competing pollen from reaching the female flowers


How You Can Help

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If you want to help us you can get involved by becoming a member.  Every year we ship members seed taken from trees on our tests plots showing levels of blight resistance


Our Community of Volunteers

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The Ozark Chinquapin Foundation (OCF) was founded in 2006.  We are a non-profit organization of outdoorsmen and women dedicated to saving this important tree and keeping it from dissapearing from the landscape and people's memories.  Through our efforts, and those of hundreds of volunteers over the last decade, we are attempting to establish a viable seed base through research and the manual cross-pollination of surviving trees. Our goal is to develop a 100 % pure Ozark Chinquapin that is blight resistant, and distribute the seeds to everyone interested in helping.

Our vision is to restore the Ozark Chinquapin to its historic native range and see it thrive again in the Ozark woodlands.

"The Ozark Chinquapin nuts were delicious and we waited for them to fall like you would wait on a crop of corn to ripen,….. they were that important. Up on the hilltop the nuts were so plentiful that we scooped them up with flat blade shovels and loaded them into the wagons to be used as livestock feed, to eat for ourselves, and to sell. Deer, bears, turkeys, squirrels, and a variety of other wildlife fattened up on the sweet crop of nuts that fell every year. But, starting in the 1950's and 60' all of the trees started dying off. Now they are all gone and no one has heard of them."  - A 98 yr old Missouri outdoors-man's memory of the  trees before the chestnut blight reached the Ozark Mountains

Membership Now Available Online!


If you are interested in joining our efforts and obtaining seed, we welcome your help and support! Membership in the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation is $30.00 per year.

Seed from the Ozark Chinquapin are still very rare and seed with resistance even rarer. However, every year we are able to ship seed with better resistance than the year before. Every year we ship members seed collected from our research test plots.

There is no guarantee these seed are blight resistant. However, the parent trees these seed were collected from are large (11" - 21" Dia.) 100% pure Ozark Chinquapin trees that exhibit varying levels of resistance.

New memberships or renewals will have their seed shipped in January/February 2018  in order of membership received. With your membership you get 3-5 rare seed depending on availability, growing instructions, updates on restoration progress and the first opportunity at resistant seed as they become available from research test plots.

Thank You for your help and support!