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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 per year. Seed are very rare and seed with resistance even rarer. Each year we mail out seed with better resistance than the year before. These seed are collected from our research test plots and made available for you to plant. There is no guarantee these seed are blight resistant. However, the parent trees these seed were collected from are large 100% pure Ozark chinquapin trees that exhibit varying levels of resistance.
Members will have their seed shipped over the winter in order of membership received. With your membership you get:
» 3-5 rare seed depending on availability
» Updates on restoration progress, and the first opportunity at resistant seed as they become available from research test plots
If you want to make a donation with your membership you can do that by choosing an amount or entering a custom amount.
Thank you for your help and support!
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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.
Our recovery action plan involves :
- 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 hypovirulence
- 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
Over the years the OCF has distributed thousands of seeds for planting and successfully cross pollinated for the first time back in 2010. In 2011 the first seeds were collected from research test plots. The foundation undertakes projects both independently and in partnership with other organizations and agencies to further restoration efforts.