Saturday, September 30

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Native Plant Talk

Native Plant Talk: Life in the alpine tundra

By Carol T. EnglishColorado Native Plant Society-San Luis Valley Chapter Look east from the floor of the San Luis Valley and the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountain range towers above us with incredible majesty. From a distance you can see where the trees end, and the alpine tundra begins. From afar it may look barren—yet living organisms of all kinds have found a way to flourish.  It is early August and the perfect time to head up into these mountains to explore, so let’s journey up high. As we move through the forest the atmospheric pressure drops with less O2 available...