When the first Europeans visited California... they did not find in many places pristine, virtually uninhabited wilderness but rather a carefully tended “garden” that was the result of thousands of years of selective harvesting, tilling, burning, pruning, sowing, weeding, and transplanting.

M Kat Anderson, “Tending the Wild”

M Kat Anderson, “Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources” pages 125-126

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