The Butternut Tree Initiative

The Butternut Tree Initiative

OFS Brands partnered with Purdue University’s Hardwood Tree Improvement Research Center to help restore the once-prominent butternut tree to the Midwest. Through a combination of research and grafted seed orchards, a new crop of trees has been born. These trees are immune to the fungus that killed them off originally and may bring the beloved butternut tree back to our woods. 
 
This effort demonstrates a continuation of the legacy started by Phyllis and Bob Menke, dedication to environmentalism and good stewardship. “This is really something started 50-60 years ago, just with newer research. Their example inspired and directed us to where we are today,” Scott Reckelhoff said. Today, the new butternut trees have been planted in the Hoosier National Forest, and may someday stretch to our own forests of Cool Springs. 
 
Oct 30, 2017 BLOG/