- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - A group dedicated to restoring a once-popular tree called the Ozark chinquapin will meet next month at Hobbs State Park.

The Ozark Chinquapin Foundation’s annual meeting is March 13.

Once a very popular tree in the Ozarks- growing up to 60 feet tall- the tree has either disappeared or become relegated to an almost shrub-like growth in many areas.

In 1957, a chestnut blight hit the Ozarks, killing the majority of the Ozark chinquapins in their native range.  There are still a few good-sized Ozark chinquapins left. 

The OCF is trying through research and cross-pollination of surviving trees to develop a 100 percent pure Ozark chinquapin that is blight resistant.

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