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My Chinquapin Dulcimer Adventure

By AJ Hendershott

OCF board member and gifted craftsman AJ Hendershott was inspired to build mountain dulcimers made of Ozark chinquapin wood.  He’s hopeful  the revival of the Ozark chinquapin tree will signal a new era of woodworking and crafting with the highly prized wood. In this article he gives a step by step describing the process:

About Ozark Chinquapin

Background and history

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

Genetic Resistance Breeding Program –New!

Learn about how we are developing blight resistant Ozark chinquapin through traditional breeding methods

This presentation was delivered at our 2019 Annual Meeting by Leslie Bost

Wildlife Videos & Pictures

The Ozark chinquapin is an important tree for wildlife. Take a look at videos and pictures captured at our planting sites

Blight Resistance Testing Results –New!

Very Exciting News

This spring we finished screening the trees on our research plots to evaluate their resistance to chestnut blight. Results show that through our genetic breeding program we've produced Ozark chinquapin with blight resistance

Native Range of the Ozark Chinquapin 

Information about historical location of the trees before and after the arrival of the bight

Updated range map showing the native range of Castanea ozarkensis 

Identify Ozark Chinquapin

Leaf morphology, growth form, and distinct characteristics of Ozark chinquapin trees

Tree Trip New!

Looking for Ozark chinquapin along the Buffalo River

LEARNING LINKS –Updated!

Your number one resource for information about the Ozark chinquapin

OCF Embroidered Hats – New!

Available in 6 colors

National Geographic Article –New!

The Ozark chinquapin story

Journalist and photographer with OCF president and founder Steve Bost

annual Membership

Join or renew Annual Seed Membershp

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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.

Chinquapin Library –Updated!

Newspaper articles from 1887-1970 talking about the trees

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An interesting glimpse into the cultural and economic significance of the Ozark chinquapin tree

Our Mission & Vision

The Ozark Chinquapin Foundation (OCF) is a non-profit organization of outdoors-men and women with a vision of restoring the Ozark Chinquapin to its historic native range.  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. 

Join The Ozark Chinquapin Foundation

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.  If you would like to give a donation with your annual membership you can do that typing in a custom amount or choosing one of the options on the form. 

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 mail our annual 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.

Members will have their seed shipped in January-March 2020  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!

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