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Kentucky Color: The competition for sunlight, ground up
Billy Joe Fudge finds lesson in nature: 'Every system, be it botanical, zoological, cultural or political becomes stronger and more viable through competition,' he writes.
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Vice President, Homeplace on Green River
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry
Every plant ecosystem is layered in a battle of survival but nowhere does the layering and that battle show up as it does in a Forest Ecosystem, albeit the one which I've created in my back yard.
Spearmint in the foreground in the accompanying photoi, beneath a canopy of Mayapple beneath the towering Loblolly Pine canopy some 30 to 40 feet above is competing for available sunlight to power it's effort to sustain itself and produce a healthy seed crop to assure a healthy and vibrant future for it's kind.
Every system, be it botanical, zoological, cultural or political becomes stronger and more viable through competition.
This story was posted on 2015-05-02 07:42:24
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