Documenting the History of Prescribed Burning Among the Sto:lo of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Type de publication:Conference Paper
Résumé (en anglais):
This research documents prescribed burning practices among the Sto:lo of the Fraser Valley during the historic and prehistoric periods. Interviews with elders indicate the widespread use of controlled fires in the historic period to encourage the growth of berries and other useful plants, particularly in the subalpine. We are documenting prehistoric burning practices primarily through the dating and identification of soil charcoal and pollen analysis. Our investigation of sites identified by elders as having been burned historically indicates that prescribed burning leaves evidence in the palaeoecological record that can be used to reconstruct a long history of this management practice.