About Us

Our Mission

The Ozark Chinquapin Foundation (OCF) is a volunteer driven, 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the Ozark chinquapin to the woodlands and forests of the south-central United States as a mature, seed producing tree species. We are working to establish a viable seed base through research and manual cross-pollination of surviving trees to develop a 100% pure Ozark chinquapin that can reproduce and thrive in our forests.

Recovery Action Plan

• Locating surviving blight resistant trees
• Preserving genetics through cross-pollination and trans-locating seed within native range to ensure genetic diversity
• Utilizing science in genetics and hypo virulence
• Raising public awareness through education and promote OC restoration through local and state cooperators
• OCF members volunteering hundreds of hours in field work and research
• Establishment of a tree database and several test farms
• Making seed available to the public for reintroduction