Strategic Plan

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It is estimated that chestnut blight disease began noticeably affecting chinquapin in the Ozarks around the early 1940’s. A large number of trees were killed, but small numbers of surviving chinquapin persist in areas where more than 95% of the trees were killed by the blight. These lingering trees may have rare phenotypes/genotypes which are tolerant or resistant to chestnut blight. The genetic diversity of Ozark chinquapin in natural stands and the presence of rare alleles presents intervention.    

Since 2008 the OCF have been identifying rare resistant trees and preserving their genetics in an effort to restore the species and return the Ozark chiqnaupin back to it’s native range.  We’re accomplishing this through our breeding program, utilizing the natural genetic resistance found in some trees to producing genetically diverse seed with enhanced resistance.

Resistant lingering selections across the range make up the foundation of our breeding program and form the starter population of resistant trees we use to develop genetically improved seedlings