The Aboriginal Martu people of Western Australia have traditionally set small fires while foraging, leaving a patchwork landscape that proves a perfect environment for bilbies, wallabies, possums, and other threatened mammals.
“You ask the Martu people, and they explain, ‘We left, and the fire regime broke down,’” says Stanford University anthropologist Rebecca Bliege Bird.
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