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Beverly R. Ortiz, a park naturalist, ethnographic consultant, California State University lecturer, and UC Berkeley doctoral candidate, has published nearly 100 articles, authored one book, and contributed to several others.

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January 01, 2006 by Beverly R. Ortiz

A visit to remnant native grasslands in Richmond or diverse oak woodlands in eastern Alameda County gives a taste of our region’s native habitats. But few of us are aware of an important element that helped shape those habitats: the regimes of burning, pruning, and digging carried out over centuries by the East Bay’s indigenous inhabitants, some of whom still carry on those traditions today.

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