Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology
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.