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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Diversity of the Colorado Plains in Café Botanique

Thoughts of Plains Plants in Colorado
By Roy Roath, Ph.D., Colorado State University

The plains of Colorado are often overlooked in terms of their richness and variety of plants that all play important roles in prairie ecosystems.
Each area of the state of Eastern Colorado and each soil type within those areas have unique plants and plant communities. The base concept is that the soils and the climate will determine the potential plants and communities. The conditions in these Ecological Sites will determine the kinds and diversity of plants present. The relationships among plants and why grasses, forbs and shrubs are all part of the prairie ecosystem is also discussed.
Dynamics are critical to the prairie function. What has happened recently and how has it affected the prairie?

Dr. Roy Roath is an Extension Range Specialist at Colorado State University. He has published over 200 research and management articles. Dr Roath is directly involved with 15 Coordinated Resource Managements (CRM) across Colorado. He is also actively involved in Colorado Open Space resource planning.

Thursday, January 15, 2009
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

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