Prairie Reality Tour - Sedalia, MO - June 9, 2018

Prairie Reality Tour - Sedalia, MO - June 9, 2018

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High stability, diversity and quality are the most important characteristic of fully intact, fully functional natural communities and should always be the primary target of ecosystem health. In order to maintain and/or restore prairies, we must understand how prairies work and the consequences of our actions as expressed in the biota. The misapplication of fire, over-reliance on herbicide, improper grazing regimes, over-harvest of local seed, vehicular trampling, etc. can shift a site away from healthful complexity and toward degradation and destabilization. Conversely, events such as moderate to low intensity fires and minimization of disturbance can improve prairie quality, richness and functionality. This tour of prairies is designed to discuss these issues with examples, and to focus attention on the benefits of a holistic community stability approach.  Though some of the topics will be scientifically rigorous, the tour is designed for anyone from prairie enthusiast or volunteer to fully fledged professional. If you wish to understand the ecological underpinnings of prairie systems in clear terms, based on scientific research and astute observation, this is the tour for you. This one day event will consist of travel between several prairies around Sedalia, Missouri.

Led by: Justin Thomas (Science Director, NatureCITE) and Brett Budach (Research Associate, NatureCITE and Field Botanist, Institute of Botanical Training).

Location: Around Sedalia, MO; specific meeting location to be announced 

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