Bost is working to save the Ozark chinquapin (Caslanea pumila var.
In its healthy days, the Ozark chinquapin grew on well-drained upland sites and out-produced most other trees in the forest.
Adams, now 91, talked about the chinquapin trees he loved above all others, the sweet nuts that his family harvested, and the wildlife that called the trees home.
Now a Missouri Slate Park naturalist, Bost says that just 10 years ago he didn't know what an Ozark chinquapin was.
Fventually he found a 1907 vegetative map that showed the Ozark chinquapin covering 40 percent of Missouri.