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Ozark Chinquapin Saplings and Seeds Planted at Hobbs!

28 Apr 2020 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Today we planted 2 Ozark Chinquapin saplings and over 40 germinated seeds at Hobbs! These are very special saplings and seeds as come from trees that are the most resistant to the chestnut blight that nearly wiped this important Ozark forest species out. This is a different species from the Chinquapin Oak, which is not affected by the chestnut blight. These saplings and seeds are the best hope for the future of this tree at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area and throughout Arkansas. If they survive and eventually produce blight resistant seeds, they will be distributed to other State Parks and other places where the Ozark Chinquapin was once found in hopes of re-establishing them. Pictured is volunteer Al Knox (formerly in charge of trail maintenance at Hobbs and Ozark Chinquapin enthusiast), and Volunteer Coordinator Carla Berg. For more info on the Ozark Chinquapin, visit the web site of the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation.

CHRIS PISTOLE
Park Interpreter


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