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Vegetation Burning by the Chumash

  • Author(s): Timbrook, Jan
  • Johnson, John R
  • Earle, David D
  • et al.

It is therefore the purpose of this paper to call attention to the ethnohistoric evidence which shows that the Chumash did deliberately use fire in ways which may have had pronounced long-term environmental effects, and to demonstrate that encouragement of growth of certain plant resources was the principal reason for the practice of burning.

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