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Prairie with a Sunset, An Ecologist's View on How the World Works by Justin Thomas, Hamilton Native Outpost

An Ecologist’s View on How the World Works

Watch as Justin Thomas, a botanist and ecologist with Nature Cite, discusses what makes healthy people.  He also explains how the C-value system is used to show how healthy the land is by measuring the stability of a plant community.  Justin’s talk is instructive to anyone interested in native plants or native ecosystems.

This talk was given as part Hamilton Native Outpost’s 2020 field day. Every year Hamilton Native Outpost has a field day to share knowledge of native plants.  This year the topic was “Diversity of Plants: Stronger Together than Alone.”  Speakers discussed the C-value system, how animals benefit from grazing a diversity of plants, how cool and warm season plants are better together in the same field for sunlight and carbon dioxide capture, the importance of biochar to soils, diversity of roots in a diverse native grassland, and creating a native silvopasture.  While this field day was focused on forages, the topics covered appeal to many interest areas.

Other Videos from the Field Day

A diversity of plants is stronger together than alone was the theme from the 2020 field day. Watch more videos from this day:

  • Why Plant Diversity is Good for Livestock
  • Warm & Cool Season Plant Diversity
  • Biochar & Soil Health
  • Looking Underground at the Benefits of Diversity
  • Silvopasture for Livestock
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