Sherman Swanson

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Sherman Swanson

Emeritus Professor, State Specialist

Programs

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Nevada Creeks & Communities

An interagency and interdisciplinary program designed to meet Nevada's need for riparian management education. The program team teaches workshops and submits proposals; writes articles and publications; and works with landowners, land users, and interest groups and agencies. 

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Nevada Youth Range Camp Program

Most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches students ages 14-18 how to read maps; identify and the importance of rangeland plants; evaluate sagebrush, woodland and stream ecosystems; wildlife habitat; and many other topics related to rangelands.

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Book Chapter(s)
Nevada's Changing Wildlife Habitat: An Ecological History
For millennia the ecology of the Great Basin has evolved because of climate change and the impacts of human presence. Nevada changing Wildlife Habitat is the first book to explain the transformations in the plants and animals of this region over time and how they came about...
George E. Gruell, Sherman Swanson 2012, University of Nevada, Press
Bulletins
Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Planning Facilitation Study: Paid vs. Nonpaid Participants
The state of Nevada initiated a statewide planning process for sage-grouse in August 2000. The initial planning team of 28 members developed a conservation strategy focused around the development of six local (but multi-county) conservation plans that would be merged into one statewide plan...
Brad Schultz, Maria Ryan, Jerry Buk, Rod Davis, Staci Emm, Steve Lewis, Michael Havercamp, Marlene Rebori, Sherman Swanson, 2009, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Special Publication-09-09 42 pp..
The Wyoming Big Sagebrush State and Transition Model and Management Key for Nevada – First Approximation Perryman, B. S. Swanson, G Brackley, B. Schultz, P Blackburn, K McAdoo, G. Medlyn, and R Tausch, B. Morrill. 2009, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin
Intermountain Pasture and Hay Meadow Handbook: Pasture, Hay and Profit
This manual has been developed in response to (1) increased inquiries we have received concerning irrigated pasture development, use and management, and (2) our belief that irrigated pasture may be an economically viable alternative for Nevada farmers and ranchers.
Glimp, H., et. al. 2000, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, EB-00-02
Intermountain Pasture and Hay Meadow Handbook: Pasture, Hay and Profit. Kettle, R., W. Riggs, J. Davison, R. Torell, B. Bruce, H. Glimp, R. Wilson, K. McAdoo, J. Neufeld, B. Kvasnicka, S. Donaldson, and S. Swanson. 2000, Univ.of Nevada Cooperative Extension Bulletin EB-00-03.
Grazing on Public Lands. Laycock, W. A., D. Loper, F., Obermiller, L. Smith, S. Swanson, P. Urness, and M. Vavra. 1996, Council for Agric. Sci. and Tech. (CAST), Report 129 Dec. 1996. 70 pp.
Curriculum Materials
Land Navigation - Nevada Youth Range Camp. Foster, S. S. and S. R. Swanson 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Curriculum 15-03, 12 pp.
Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) Assessment for Management and Monitoring Hall, R. K., D.T. Heggem, S. Swanson, and J. Lin, 2014, Tribal Ecosystem Research Program (TERP) Workshop - March 18-20, - Las Vegas, NV EPA/600/R-14/344
Stream Investigation - Nevada Youth Range Camp. Swanson, Sherman 2010, Nevada Cooperative Extension Curriculum Material CM-10-07. 20 pp.
Simulating Coordinated Resource Management - Nevada Youth Range Camp. Swanson, Sherman and G. McCuin. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Curriculum Material CM-10-09. 16 pp.
Soils Investigation - Nevada Youth Range Camp. Swanson, Sherman and J. Fisher. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Curriculum Material CM-10-08. 26 pp.
Pinyon and Juniper Investigation - Nevada Youth Range Camp. Swanson, Sherman. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Curriculum Material CM-10-010. 19 pp.
Rangeland Plants: A Curriculum for the Nevada Youth Range Camp. Schultz, B., K. McAdoo, S. Swanson, 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Curriculum Material CM-08-03. 25 pp.
Fact Sheets
Don’t Put Your Home and Family at Risk from Floods!
If you own or are considering buying property near the bank of a river or stream, beware of building a home there! If the property is mapped as “Zone A” Regulatory Floodplain, that means flooding is a very real possibility — at least 1 percent chance in any year. Learn more about the risk of floods in this factsheet.
Cobourn, J., Lewis, S., and Swanson, S. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-70
Don’t Put Your Home and Family at Risk from Floods. John Cobourn, Steve Lewis and Sherman Swanson. 2011, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-11-70, 2 pp.
Northeastern Nevada Wildfires 2006: Part 3 – Rehabilitating Fire Impacted Areas. McAdoo, J.K., B. W. Schultz, and S.R. Swanson. 2007, . UNCE Fact Sheet. FS-07-22. 4 pp.
Northeastern Nevada Wildfires 2006: Part 1 – Wildfire and Land-Use History. McAdoo, J.K., B. W. Schultz, S. R. Swanson, and G.N. Back 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet. FS-07-20.
Northeastern Nevada Wildfires 2006: Part 2 – Can We Use Livestock Grazing To Reduce Wildfires? McAdoo, J.K., B. W. Schultz, S.R. Swanson, B. Perryman, and R. Orr. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet. FS-07-21
Northeastern Nevada Wildfires 2006 Part 1 - Fire and Land-use History
Learn about how wildland fires occure by understanding the conditions that lead up to large fires, historical perspectives, climate changes, ecological changes, and many more.
McAdoo, K., Schultz, B., Swanson, S., and Back, G. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-07-20
Northeastern Nevada Wildfires 2006 Part 2 - Can Livestock Grazing be Used to Reduce Wildfires?
This factsheet addresses the use of livestock to reduce wildfires and is the second of three fact sheets about the 2006 wildfires in northeastern Nevada. Learn about livestock grazing as a vegetation management tool, challenges, targeted grazing, and many more.
McAdoo, K., Schultz, B., Swanson, S., and Orr, R. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-07-21
Northeastern Nevada Wildfires 2006 Part 3 - Rehabilitating Fire-impacted Areas
This factsheet is the third of three fact sheets that and will address the 2006 wildfires in northeastern Nevada. Learn about 2006 fire season observations, vegetation management, natural conditions, and more.
McAdoo, K., Schultz, B., Swanson, S., and Wilson, B. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-07-22
Impact Evaluation of the Cottonwood Ranch Holistic Management Team – Working Together for Healthy Landscapes and Quality Lifestyles Series McAdoo, J.K., J.C. Davison, S.R. Swanson, and A. Smith. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet. FS-04-67
Wildlife Diversity in Sagebrush Habitats (FS-03-65) McAdoo, J.K., B.W. Schultz, and S. R. Swanson. 2003, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-03-65
Habitat Management for Sagebrush-Associated Wildlife Species. McAdoo, J.K., B.W. Schultz, and S.R. Swanson. 2003, Univ. Nevada Coop. Ext. Fact Sheet. FS-03-66.
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 9 - Finding Additional Resources. Donaldson, S., R.E. Wilson, W.S. Johnson, and S. Swanson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-83
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 4 - Prioritize Weed Management. S. Swanson, R.E. Wilson, W.S. Johnson, and S. Donaldson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-78
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 5 - Avoid Exploding Weed Populations with Prevention and Early Detection. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-79
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 8 - Fund Programs with Justification. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-82
Nevada's War on Weeds - Making your Program Work? Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-74
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 1 - Create Effective Coalitions with Awareness, Education and Training. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-75
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 3 - Map Important Weeds for a Living Inventory. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-77
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 6 - Plan Projects for Success. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-80
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 7 - Monitor Results to Work Smarter Next Year. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S. Donaldson. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-81
Nevada's War on Weeds, Step 2 - Build Coalitions Through Collaborative Planning and Management. Wilson, R.E. W.S. Johnson, S. Swanson and S.Donaldson 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-99-76.
Tips for Successfully Planting Willows in Riparian Areas. Zonge, L. J. Davison, and S. Swanson. 1997, Univ. of NV Coop. Ext. Fact Sheet 97-09. 4p.
Riparian Grazing Management: an Alternative to Range Readiness. Swanson, S. and D. Torell. 1990, Univ. of NV Coop. Ext. Fact Sheet 90-25. 3p.
Prioritizing streams for rehabilitation and riparian management. Swanson, S. 1988, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 88-76. 3 pp.
Riparian Pastures. Swanson, S 1987, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet, 87-53 3 pp.
Living with cheatgrass in the Great Basin Annual Rangeland Swanson, S., W. Burkhardt, and J. A. Young. 1987, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet, 87-45 3 pp.
Options for Riparian Grazing Management Swanson, S. R. 1986, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 86-77. 4 pp.
The Value of Healthy Riparian Areas Swanson, S. R. 1986, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 86-76. 3 pp.
Efficiency in Grazing Management. Swanson, S. R. and E.W. Anderson. 1986, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 86-74. 4 pp.
Crested Wheatgrass Grazing Management. Swanson, S. R. and J. Davison. 1986, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 86-75 4 pp.
Cash and non-cash costs of grazing on public land in Nevada. Champney, W. and S. Swanson. 1985, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 85-52. 4p.
Informational Publications
Planning for Plant Growth using the Grazing Response Index
Planning tool for managing grazing to enhance herbaceous plant (e.g. perennial grass) growth by evaluating season, duration and intensity of grazing.
S. Swanson and J.C. Cervantes 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Grazing Response Index Tables for Use Areas
Guide and tables for scoring grazing response index tables in use areas, for grazing strategy, frequency of defoliation, intensity of use, and opportunity for growth and regrwoth.
Swanson, S., Voth, D. 2019, University of Nevada, Reno, IP-19-04
Grazing Twice
Informational Publication describing the benefits from multiple grazing periods, impacts on plant health and stress, animal nutrition, fire in Nevada, livestock management, and general grazing and management practices.
Swanson, S., Voth, D. 2019, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, IP-19-05
Strategies for Grazing Management
Informational publication on various strategies for grazing management, such as targeted grazing, for fuel management, or with multiple grazing species.
Swanson, S., Voth, D. 2019, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, IP-19-02
Planning for Plant Growth using the Grazing Response Index
Informational publication on how to plan for plant growth in forage and various crops using the Grazing Response Index as a guideline.
Swanson, S., Voth, D., Cervantes, J. 2019, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, IP-19-03
Journals
Viewpoint: An alternative Management Paradigm for Plant Communities Affected by Invasive Annual Grasses in the Intermountain West
Today’s landscapes are not those described in 1860. With over 400,000 km2 colonized by cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and other annual grasses, we believe it is time to declare: The pristine-management-paradigm has failed. Continued, wholesale application of this concept is misguided.
Perryman, B. L., Schultz, B. W., Mcadoo, J. K., Alverts, B., Cervantes, J. C., Foster, S., McCuin, G., Swanson, S. R. 2018, Rangelands. 40:77-82
Plant Community Factors Correlated with Wyoming Big Sagebrush Site Responses to Fire. Swanson, J.C., Murphy, P.J., Swanson, S.R., Schultz, B.W., and McAdoo, J.K. 2018, Rangeland Ecology and Management, 71((1):), 67-76.
Conceptual Models for Surface Water and Groundwater Interactions at Pond and Plug Restored Meadows.
The pond and plug meadow restoration method, used for incised meadows in the Sierra Nevada Range, takes available alluvium on site to dam the incised channel in several places. Groundwater storage gained from restoration may alter flow paths and surface water availability.
Rodriguez, Karly, Sherman Swanson, Adam McMahon 2017, J. Soil and Water Conservation 72(4):382-394.
Riparian Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) Assessment to Improve Watershed Management for Water Quality.
Pollutants can be reduced, ameliorated, or assimilated when riparian ecosystems have the vegetation, water, and soil/landform needed for riparian functions. Loss of physical form and ecological function unravels assimilation processes, increasing supply and transport of pollutants.
Swanson, Sherman, Don Kozlowski, Robert Hall, Daniel Heggem, John Lin. 2017, J. Soil and Water Conservation, 72(2):190-204.
Linking Management and Riparian Physical Functions to Water Quality and Aquatic Habitat.
Stream and wetland riparian areas are able to sustain a state of resiliency based on the ecosystem's ability to attain the functions of its ecological potential. This resiliency allows an area to provide and produce desired and valued water quality and aquatic habitat ecosystem services...
Kozlowski, D. F., Hall, R. K., Swanson, S. R., Heggem, D. T. 2016, Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 8(8), 797-815
Mowing Wyoming Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp.wyomingensis) Cover Effects Across Northern and Central Nevada.
Many Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt. ssp. wyomingensis) communities are invaded by exotic annuals, especially cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.), promoting larger and more frequent wildfires. Mowingsagebrush can reduce fire risk...
Swanson, S. R., Swanson, J., Peter, M., Mcadoo, J. K., Schultz, B. W. 2016, Rangeland Ecology and Management,, 69, 360-372. \
Cover effects of mowing Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate ssp. Wyomingensis) in Nevada. Swanson, S., Swanson, J., Murphy, P., McAdoo, K., and Schultz, B. 2016, Rangeland Ecology and Management.
Prediction of Annual Streambank Erosion for Sequoia National Forest, California.
Many bank erosion models have limitations that restrict their use in wildland settings. Scientists and land managers at the Sequoia National Forest would like to understand the mechanisms and rates of streambank erosion to evaluate management issues and post-wildfire effects...
Kwan, H., Swanson, S. R. 2015, J. Am Water Res. Assoc, 50(6), 1439-1447.
Reply to discussion by David L. Rosgen. Prediction of Annual Streambank Erosion for Sequoia National Forest, California.
In his response to our article, Dr. Dave Rosgen explores the possibilities for our low streambank erosion rates as compared with previous studies (Table 4). Dr. Rosgen reiterated the fact that half of the study period was conducted during dry years...
Kwan, H., Swanson, S. R. 2015, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(2), 568.
Practical Grazing Management to Maintain or Restore Riparian Functions and Values.
Successful rangeland management maintains or restores the ability of riparian plant communities to capture sediment and stabilize streambanks. Management actions are most effective when they are focused on the vegetated streambank closest to the active channel, the greenline, where vegetation most influences erosion...
Swanson, S. R., Wyman, S., Evans, C. 2015, Journal of Rangeland Applications/University of Idaho, Rangeland Center, 2, 1-28.
A summative evaluation of the Nevada Youth Range Camp educational program. Foster, S.S., Schultz, B.W., McAdoo, J.K., and Swanson, S. 2014, Journal National Association of County Agricultural Agents. 7:1.
An ecological function and services approach to total maximum daily load (TMDL) prioritization
Prioritizing total maximum daily load (TMDL) development starts by considering the scope and severity of water pollution and risks to public health and aquatic life...
Hall, Robert K., Guilliano, David, Swanson, Sherman, Philbin, Michael J., Lin, John, Aron, Joan L., Schafer, Robin J. and Heggem, Daniel T. 2014, J. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 186(2):2413-2433 April.
Case Study: Reducing cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) fuel loads using fall cattle grazing.
Wildfire is a major concern in the Intermountain West. Fuels management can lower the potential for negative wildfire effects. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.), an exotic annual grass, invasion has resulted in a buildup of highly flammable fine fuels that promote frequent wildfire. Removal of cheatgrass standing crop...
Schmelzer, L., B. Perryman, B. Bruce, B. Schultz, K. McAdoo, G. McCuin, S. Swanson, J. Wilker, and K. Conley. 2014, The Professional Animal Scientist, 30:270-278.
Reducing cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) fuel loads using full cattle grazing. Schmelzer, L., Perryman, B., Bruce, B., Schultz, B., McAdoo, K., McCuin, G., Swanson, S., and Wilker, J. 2014, Professional Animal Scientist. 30:270-278.
Western Land Managers will Need all Available Tools for Adapting to Climate Change, Including Grazing: A Critique of Beschta et al.
In a previous article, Beschta et al. (Environ Manag 51(2):474-491, 2013) argue that grazing by large ungulates (both native and domestic) should be eliminated or greatly reduced on western public lands to reduce potential climate change impacts...
Svejcar,Tony, Chad Boyd, Kirk Davies, Matthew Madsen, Jon Bates, Roger Sheley, Clayton Marlow, David Bohnert, Mike Borman, Ricardo Mata-Gonza`lez, John Buckhouse, Tamzen Stringham, Barry Perryman Sherman Swanson, Kenneth Tate, Mel George, George Ruyle, Bruce Roundy, Chris Call, Kevin Jensen, Karen Launchbaugh, Amanda Gearhart, Lance Vermeire, John Tanaka, Justin Derner, Gary Frasier, Kris Havstad, 2014, Environmental Management
Influence of Livestock Grazing Strategies on Riparian Response to Wildfire in Northern Nevada
In 1999-2001 wildfires burned 1.13 million ha across northern Nevada, burning through many grazed riparian areas. With increases in wildfire frequency and extent predicted throughout the Great Basin, an understanding of the interactive effects of wildfire, livestock grazing, and natural hydrologic characteristics...
Dalldorf, K. N., S. R. Swanson, D. F. Kozlowski, K. M. Schmidt, R. S. Shane, and G. Fernandez. 2013, Rangeland Ecology and Management, 66(1):34-42
Aboriginal Precedent for Active Management of Sagebrush Perennial grass Communities in the Great Basin.
Restoration measures should be scientifically based and tailored to achieve ecological resilience and functionality in specific sites. Prescribed fire is not always ecologically appropriate or judicious, especially in Wyoming big sagebrush communities, so managers should consider using other alternatives.
McAdoo, J.K., B.W. Schultz, and S.R. Swanson. 2013, Rangeland Ecology and Management 66(3):241-253.
Channel changes in burned streams of northern Nevada
In the Great Basin, frequency of large-fire is increasing. To better understand fire and riparian system interactions, we studied pre- to post-fire changes in ten riparian attributes of a randomly sampled reach of forty three streams burned within a three-year period...
Kozlowski, D., Swanson, S. R., Schmidt, K. 2010, Journal of Arid Environments 74(11), 1494-1506.
Post-fire seeding on Wyoming big sagebrush ecological sites: Regression.
This paper utilizes a re-vegetation monitoring data set to examine the densities of three key types of vegetation, specifically nonnative seeded grasses, nonnative seeded forbs, and native Wyoming big sagebrush, at several points in time following seeding.
Eiswerth, M. E., Krauter, K., Swanson, S. R., Zielinski, M. 2009, Journal of Environmental Management/Elsevier, 90(2), 1320-1325.
Fuels Management at the Landscape Scale
Summary of workshop speaker presentations addressing "Overcoming Obstacles to Fuels Management at the Landscape Scale" and audience input about management policy regarding grazing management to reduce fuels loading, better fuels models, pinyon juniper encroachment, working at the landscape scale...
Swanson, S. R., Gilgert, W. 2009, Rangelands/Society for Range Management and Allen Press, 31(3), 25-29.
SRM Center for Professional Education and Development: Wildfires and Invasive Plants in American Deserts
In December 2008, the SRM conducted the Wildfires and Invasive Plants in American Deserts conference and workshops in Reno, Nevada, in partnership with 26 other organizations (see sidebar)...
Tanaka, J., Coates-Markle, L., Swanson, S. R. 2009, Rangelands/Society for Range Management/Allen Press, 31(3), 2-5.
Assessment of Changes in Stream and Riparian Conditions of the Marys River Basin, Nevada.
Stream and riparian managers must effectively allocate limited financial and personnel resources to monitor and manage riparian ecosystems. They need to use management strategies and monitoring methods that are compatible with their objectives and the response potential of each stream reach.
Newman, S., Swanson, S. R. 2008, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 44(1), 1-13.
Mercury in Water and Sediment of Steamboat Creek, Nevada: Implications for Stream Restoration. Blum, M., M. S. Gustin, S. Swanson, and S. G. Donaldson 2003, J. Am. Water Res. Assoc., 37(4):795-804.
Flows for Floodplain Forests: A Successful Riparian Restoration
Throughout the 20th century, the Truckee River that flows from Lake Tahoe into the Nevada desert was progressively dammed and dewatered, which led to the collapse of its aquatic and riparian ecosystems...
Stewart B. Rood, Chad R. Gourley, Elisabeth M. Ammon, Lisa G. Heki, Jonathan R. Klotz, Michael L. Morrison, Dan Mosley, G. Gary Scoppettone, Sherman Swanson, And Paul L. Wagner 2003, BioScience, 53(7):647-656
The Implications of Variable or Constant Expansion Rates in Invasive Weed Infestations. Smith, H. A., W. S. Johnson, J. S. Shonkwiler, and S. S. Swanson 1999, Weed Science, 47:62-66.
Precision of Channel Width and Pool Area Measurements.
The precision of width and pool area measurements has rarely been considered in relation to downstream or at section hydraulic geometr3 fisheries studies, long-term or along a continuum research studies, or agency monitoring techniques. We assessed this precision and related it to other stream morphologic...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1997, J. of the Am. Water Resources Assoc., 33(3):647-659.
Stochastic Modeling of Pool to Pool Structure in Small Nevada Rangeland Streams
We developed, calibrated, and verified a compound Poisson process model of pool-to-pool spacing and size using an exponential distribution for spacing and gamma distributions for length and width on 12 rangeland streams in Nevada...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1997, Water Resources Research, 33(4):877-889.
Variability of Pool Characteristics with Pool Type and Formative Feature on Small Great Basin Rangeland Streams
Land managers and stream restorationists often set goals or complete designs including specifications for pools that are unrealistic because Of a lack of knowledge of the potential conditions of the stream...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1997, J. of Hydrology, 201:62-81.
Stochastic modeling of transect-to-transect properties of Great Basin rangeland streams
We developed a transect-to-transect stochastic model of stream width and pools.The model included Markov chains for transect-to-transect transitions among pools, non-pools, and part pools, a two-parameter beta distribution for pool fraction when the transect is a partial pool, and a two-parameter gamma distribution...
Myers, Thomas J. and Sherman Swanson 1997, Water Resources Research, 33(4):853-864.
Riparian Grazing Management that Worked: I. Introduction and Winter Grazing. Masters, L., S. Swanson, and W. Burkhardt. 1996, Rangelands, 18(5):192-195.
Riparian Grazing Management that Worked: II. Rotation with and without Rest and Riparian Pastures. Masters, L., S. Swanson, and W. Burkhardt. 1996, Rangelands, 18(5):196-200.
Long-term aquatic habitat restoration: Mahogany Creek, Nevada, as a Case Study
We compared the recovery from abusive grazing of aquatic habitat due to different range management on two geomorphically similar rangeland streams in northwest Nevada...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1996, Water Resources Bull., 32(2):241-252.
Stream Morphologic Impact of Recovery from Major Flooding in North-Central Nevada
Major floods caused channel changes ranging from complete cross sectional change to small fluctuation in pool area. We used cross-section data on 30 heavily grazed rangeland streams in North Central Nevada to assess changes over a climatically variable 14-year period...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1996, Physical Geography, 17(5):431-445.
Temporal and Geomorphic Variations of Stream Stability and Morphology: Mahogany Creek, Nevada.
Detailed studies of long-term management impacts on rangeland streams are few because of the cost of obtaining detailed data replicated in time. This study uses government agency aquatic habitat, stream morphologic, and ocular stability data to assess land management impacts over four years on three stream reaches...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1996, Water Resources Bull., 32(2):253-265.
Changes on Streambanks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: A dry and wet year perspective
We summarize the findings of a two-year study of vegetation and streambank erosion on incised streams. We conducted the first year of the research during the sixth year of a drought. During the second year of study, precipitation totals ranged from normal to 200% of normal...
Zonge, L. and S. Swanson 1996, Restoration Ecology, 4(2):192-199.
Drought Year Changes in Streambank Profile on Incised Streams in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
After streams incise, they evolve through channel widening and adjustment of bank angle and bank shape. The rate of bank erosion and the influence of vegetation on the processes of adjustment on bank morphology are not well understood...
Zonge, L., S. Swanson, and T. Myers. 1996, Geomorphology, 15(1):47-56.
Impact of Deferred Rotation Grazing on Stream Characteristics in Central Nevada: A Case Study
Three central Nevada streams were selected to study the watershed-scale effects on stream morphology and hank stability of deferred rotation cattle grazing, complete rest from grazing, and the presence of road crossings...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1995, North Am. J. of Fisheries Manage., 15(2):428-439.
The Effect of Herbaceous Plant Communities and Soil Textures on Particle Erosion of Alluvial Streambanks
Soil texture and plants are understood to be important determinants of erosion. However. there is a paucity of research on the quantitative effect of various soils, plants, or the interaction of the two, on streambank erosion. This study measures the influence of herbaceous plant communities and sandy loam...
Dunaway, D., S. Swanson, J. Wendel, and W. Clary. 1994, Geomorphology, 9(1):47-56
Sheep Grazing and Riparian Watershed Management
A critical measure of grazing management success is the functional capacity of rangeland watersheds and riparian ecosystems. Legal mandates for water quality, the increasing demands for water and the importance of riparian areas for recreation, fish and wildlife habitat and their contribution to biodiversity...
Glimp, H. A. and S. Swanson. 1994, Sheep Research Journal, Special Issue: 65-71.
Combining Consensus and Environmental Analysis. Swanson, S. 1994, Rangelands 16(4):247-249.
Viewpoint: An Integration of CRM (Coordinated Resource Management) and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Processes
Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) each provide an approach for involving the public and resource specialists from many disciplines in public land management decisions.
Swanson, S. 1994, J. Range Manage., 47(2):100-106.
Unconfined Compressive Strength of Some Streambank Soils with Herbaceous Roots
Streambank stability requires that bank strength exceeds destabilizing forces, including compressive forces from sources such as trampling and foot traffic...
Kleinfelder, D., S. Swanson, G. Norris, and W. Clary. 1992, Soil Sci. Soc. of Am. J., 56(6):1920-1925.
Variation of Stream Stability with Stream Type and Livestock Bank Damage in Northern Nevada
Many natural and anthropogenic factors contribute to the stability or erodibility of stream channels. Although a stream rating procedure used by more than 60 percent of the U.S. National Forests provides an estimate of overall stability, it does not identify the cause of instability or indicate corrective management...
Sheep Research Journal, Special Issue: 65-71 1992, Water Resources Bull., 28(4):743-754
Aquatic Habitat Condition Index, Stream Type, and Livestock Bank Damage in Northern Nevada
The quality of stream habitat varies for a variety of natural and anthropogenic reasons not identified by a condition index. However, many people use condition indices to indicate management needs or even direction...
Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson 1991, Water Resources Bull., 27(4):667-677
Rooting Characteristics of Four Intermountain Meadow Community Types
Healthy meadow communities generally have excellent soil binding properties. However, the belowground characteristics of these communities have seldom been evaluated. In 4 meadow community types (CTs) we measured root mass and root length density (RLD) at 10-cm intervals to 40 cm soil depth...
Manning, M., S. Swanson, T. Svejcar, and J. Trent 1989, J. Range Manage., 42(4):309-312
Classifying Rangeland Riparian Areas: The Nevada Task Force Approach. Swanson, S. R., R. Miles, S. Leonard, and K. Genz 1988, J. Soil and Water Conservation, 43(3):259-263.
Rodero Creek: Rising Water on the High Desert. Swanson, S., D. Franzen, and M. Manning. 1987, Soil and Water Conservation, 42(6):405-407.
Identification of the Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis/Festuca idahoensis habitat type in Eastern Oregon. Doescher, P.S., R.F. Miller, S.R. Swanson and A.H. Winward. 1986, Northwest Science. 60(1):55-60.
Physical and chemical soil properties of three big sagebrush subspecies. Swanson, S. R., G. H. Simonson, and J. C. Buckhouse 1986, J. Soil Sci. Soc. Am., 50:783-787.
Soil and nitrogen loss from Oregon lands occupied by three subspecies of big sagebrush. Swanson, S. R. and J. C. Buckhouse. 1984, J. Range Manage., 37:298-302.
Lay or Popular Publications
Nevada Agriculture in times of Drought. Cobourn, J. and S. Swanson. 2015, Progressive Rancher. January page 29.
Nevada Rangelands – Opportunities, Solutions, Partnerships. Franco Biondi, Bob Conrad (Publication Coordinator, Design, Editing), Theresa Danna-Douglas, Thomas Harris, Elizabeth Leger, Kent McAdoo, Gary McCuin, Robert Moore, Robert Nowak, Barry Perryman, Krystal Pyatt, (Publication Coordinator, Writer, Editor), James Sedinger, James Sloan, Tamzen Stringham, Sherm Swanson, Peter Weisberg, Mark Weltz, and Schirete Zick. 2012, College Of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. 42pp.
The Case for Active Wyoming Big Sagebrush Management. Swanson, J., Swanson, S. R., Schultz, B. W., Mcadoo, J. K., McCuin, G. 2012, Progressive Rancher, 2012(Oct/Nov), 23
Finding Common Ground in Rangeland Creeks Goulding, Heather, and S. Swanson. 2011, Finding Common Ground in Rangeland Creeks
Keeping Water on the Land Longer Swanson, S. R., McCuin, G., Mcadoo, J. K. 2008, Progressive Rancher, ed., vol. 2008
Fire Management for Resource Sustainability and Multiple Use Values. McAdoo, J.K., B.W. Schultz, S.R. Swanson, G.N. Back, B. Perryman, R. Orr, and G. McCuin. 2007, In: Proceedings of Cattlemen’s Update, January multiple locations.
The Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook, Second Edition Swanson. S. 2007, Progressive Rancher. June
Addressing Wildfire Considerations for Resource Sustainability and Multiple Use Values. McAdoo, Kent, Brad Schultz, Sherm Swanson, Gary Back, Barry Perryman, Rick Orr, and Gary McCuin. 2006, Progressive Rancher, November, 18-20.
Wildlife Diversity in Sagebrush Habitats McAdoo, J. K., B. W. Schultz, and S. R. Swanson. 2004, Progressive Rancher. 2004, February, pg 16
Direction on Applying the Sage Grouse Guidelines in Relation to Fire and Herbaceous Hiding Cover. Swanson, S., G. Back, and D. Pulliam 2003, Information Leaflet Number 1. Rangeland Health Subcommittee of the Nevada Governor’s Sage Grouse Conservation Planning Team 8 p.
Priorities for riparian management. Swanson, S. 1989, Rangelands, 11(5):228-230.
Streams and Water Quality: How it works. Swanson, S. 1989, The Tahoe Landscape. 1(3):1&4.
Nevada range education: The people’s choice. Swanson, S., R. Waters, J. Davison, W. Peterson, D. Torell, and D. Williams. 1988, Rangelands, 11(4):171-172.
Proceedings
Integrated Lentic Riparian Grazing Management
Managing lentic riparian areas for functionality is a legal, policy, sustainability, sage grouse & common sense requirement. Yet this work has been neglected without an effective integrated riparian management process (IRMP) such as Dickard et al. (2015) described for lotic riparian areas...
Sherman Swanson, 2016, Eds. Iwaasa, Alan, H.A. (Bart) Lardner, Mike Schellenberg, Walter Willms and Kathy Larso. In: Proceedings 10th International Rangelands Congress, July 18-22. Saskatoon, SK, Canada. 10(2.3-5):454-456
The Need for Grazing Fine Fuels after Wet Periods
Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) is a highly flammable invasive winter annual. At higher elevations, perennial grasses historically fueled rangeland fires along with shrubs and trees where they became dominant in the absence fire...
Swanson, Sherman. 2016, Eds. Iwaasa, Alan, H.A. (Bart) Lardner, Mike Schellenberg, Walter Willms and Kathy Larso. In: Proceedings 10th International Rangelands Congress, July 18-22. Saskatoon, SK, Canada. 10(4.2-3:669-670.
Synergistic monitoring for adaptive management: Nevada sagebrush ecosystems
For many years, land managers and scientists have been applying a variety of land treatments to improve or protect rangeland ecosystems. Collectively, we have studied the response of these treatments and wildfire events to identify opportunities for maintaining or improving Nevada sagebrush ecosystem health...
Swanson, J., Swanson, S. R., McCuin, G., Mcadoo, J. K., Schultz, B. W. 2011, Pages 187-190. In: Monoco, Thomas A.; Schupp, Eugene W.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Kitchen, Stanley G.; Palacios, Patsy K. comps. 2011. Proceedings - Threats to Shrubland Ecosystem Integrity. May 18-20 Logan, UT 16th Wildland Shrub Symposium. Vol. XVII. S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Natural Resources Res
Nevada Range Management School: an Impact Evaluation McAdoo, J.K. B.W. Schultz, R.A. Torell, S. Swanson, K. Curtis, G. McCuin, and R.B. LeValley. 2010, Proceedings, Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands. Reno, NV. Pages 338-344.
Contributions of Sherman Swanson. Swanson, S. R. 2008, In: Miller, E. and R. Naryanan, (Eds.) Great Basin Wildfire Forum: The Search for Solutions. pages 28-29. Reno, NV: Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station.
Assess Physical Functioning of Riparian Systems with an Eye toward Management. Swanson, S. S. Wyman, and K. McAdoo. 2008, Multifunctional Grasslands in a Changing World Vol. I:822, Proceedings of the XXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress, June 29-July 5, Hohhot, China
The Cottonwood Ranch Riparian Management Case Study. Swanson, S., K. McAdoo, A. Smith, and S. Wyman. 2008, Multifunctional Grasslands in a Changing World Vol. II:78, Proceedings of the XXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress, June 29-July 5, Hohhot, China
The Creeks and Communities Strategy: Accelerating Cooperative Riparian Restoration Wyman, S. S. Swanson, and L. Van Riper. 2008, Multifunctional Grasslands in a Changing World Vol. II:1111, Proceedings of the XXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress, June 29-July 5, Hohhot, China
Grazing Management Processes and Strategies for Riparian Wetland Areas. Wyman, S., and S. Swanson. 2008, Multifunctional Grasslands in a Changing World Vol. I:846, Proceedings of the XXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress, June 29-July 5, Hohhot, China
Vegetation Management for Sagebrush-Associated Wildlife Species. McAdoo, J.K., S.R. Swanson, B.W. Schultz, and P.F. Brussard. 2004, Pages 189-193 In: A.L. Hild, N.L. Shaw, S.E. Meyer, T. Booth, and E.D. McArthur, comps. Seed and Soil Dynamics in Shrubland Ecosystems: 2002 August 12-16; Laramie, WY. Proceedings RMRS-P-31. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Riparian Vegetation, Channel and Watershed Response to Pre-Wildfire Conditions. Swanson, Sherman, Mark Walker, Kent McAdoo, and Brad Schultz. 2004, Am. Water Resources Assn. Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers: Multiscale Structure, Function, and Management. June 28-30, Olympic Valley, CA
Riparian Restoration Opportunity Spectrum. Swanson, Sherman. 2004, Watershed Management Council Biannual Conference, Nov. 15-19, San Diego, CA
Impacts of Sagebrush Habitat Treatments on Wildlife. McAdoo, J.K., and S.R. Swanson. 2003, In: Proceedings of the 12th Wildland Shrub Symposium, Seed and Soil Dynamics in Shrubland Ecosystems (Regional), August, 2002 Laramie, WY.
Habitat Requirements of Sagebrush-Associated Species and Implications for Management. McAdoo, J.K., S.R. Swanson, B. Schultz, and P.F. Brussard. 2002, pp.11-14 In: Restoration and Management of Sagebrush/Grass Communities Workshop. Elko, NV.
Defining Areas Requiring Artificial Treatments or Selective Management to Initiate and Sustain Recovery – Criterial Used to Select Procedures to Restore Sagebrush Communities. Schultz, B. and S. Swanson. 2002, . pp.11-14 In: Restoration and Management of Sagebrush/Grass Communities Workshop. Elko,NV.
Integrating a Watershed Database into an Urban Stream Restoration Project: Steamboat Creek, NV. Blum, M. and S. Swanson. 2001, Riparian Habitat and Floodplains Conference, March 12-15, Sacramento, CA
Riparian Corridor Assessment: Combining Vegetation and Stream Morphology Classification into a GIS Database. Butt, Anya, Z. Michael Ayers, Sherman Swanson, and Paul Tueller. 2001, cografi bilgi sistemleri bilisim gunleri / fatih universitesi / 13-14 kasim 2001
Riparian Capability for the Carson River. Swanson, S. and J. Cobourn 2001, P. II-132-139 In: Seventh Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference March 25-29, Reno, NV
Putting Numbers to the Montgomery/Buffington Classification Scheme: A Case Study. Butt, A. Z. and S. Swanson 2000, Pages 65-70 In: Wigington, P. J. and R. L. Beschta (Eds.) Riparian Ecology and Management in Multi-Land Use Watersheds. Am Water Resources Association, Middleburg, Virginia, TPS-00-2, 616 pp. (Proc. of Symposium Portland, Ore. Aug 28-31.
Riparian Corridor Assessment in the Lake Tahoe Basin: Combining Vegetation and Stream Morphology Classifications into a GIS Database. Butt, Z. A., M. B. Ayers, S. Swanson, and P. T. Tueller. 1999, Am. Water Res. Assoc. Water Resources Conf., Seattle, WA Dec. 6-9, 1999.
Relationship of Stream Channel Morphology and Remotely Sensed Riparian Vegetation Classification. Butt, Z. A., M. B. Ayers, S. Swanson, and P. T. Tueller. 1998, Pages 409-416 In: Potts, D. E. (Ed.) Rangeland management and Water Resources, Am. Water Res. Assoc. Specialty Conference, Reno, NV May 27-29, 1998.
Preparation and Analysis of Multispectral Videography and Digital Orthophotoquads for Riparian Vegetation Mapping. Franklin, A. J., P. T. Tueller, M. Ayers, and S. Swanson. 1997, P. 346-357 In: Videography and Color Photography in Resource Assessment, Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Workshop, Am. Soc. Of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Weslaco, TX 1997.
Klotz, J. R. and S. Swanson. Klotz, J. R. and S. Swanson. 1997, Pages 483-489 In: J. J. Warwick Ed. Symp. Proc.: Water Resources Education, Training, and Practice: Opportunities for the Next Century. Am. Water Resources. Assoc., Universities Council on Water Resources, Am. Water Works Assoc., and Project Wet. Keystone, CO June 29-July 3.
Vegetative Response to Channel Incision. Klotz, J. R. and S. Swanson. 1997, Pages 151-156. In: Proc. of the Conf. On Management of Landscapes Disturbed by Channel Incision: Stabilization - Rehabilitation - Restoration. Wang, S. S. Y., E. J. Langendoen, and F. D. Shields, Jr. (Eds.)Univ. of Mississippi, May 19.
Channel change in Response to Woody Riparian Vegetation. Klotz, J., and S. Swanson. 1997, What is Watershed Stability? Proc. of the Sixth Biennial Watershed Management Conf., Watershed Manage. Council. Univ. of CA Water Resources Center Report No. 92:184 Lake Tahoe, CA/NV Oct. 23-25, 1996.
Myers, T. M., Chesley, and S. Swanson. Myers, T. M., Chesley, and S. Swanson. 1997, What is Watershed Stability? Proc. of the Sixth Biennial Watershed Management Conf., Watershed Manage. Council. Univ. of CA Water Resources Center Report No. 92:185 Lake Tahoe, CA/NV Oct. 23-25, 1996.
. Changes on a Small Sierran Meadow Stream Due to High Snowmelt Runoff. Myers, T. J. and S. Swanson. 1996, Sixth Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conf., V 1-III:38-45. Las Vegas, NV, Mar. 10-14.
Difficulties of Implementing Watershed Restoration: The Problem of Gray Creek, Nevada Myers, T., M. Chesley, and S. Swanson. 1996, Pages 217-226 In: McDonnell, J. J., D. J. Leopold, J. B. Stribling, and L. R. Neville (Eds.), Am. Water Res. Assoc. Symp. Proc.: Watershed Restoration Management--Physical, Chemical and Biological Considerations. Syracuse, NY, June 14-17.
Photo-Point Analysis of Winter and Spring Grazing Effects on Temperate Streams. Sipple, E. M. and S. Swanson. 1996, Page 520 In: Proc. of the Fifth International Rangelands Congress, Salt Lake City, UT, July 23-28, 1995.
Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Public Education by Combining Consensus Based Planning and Environmental Analysis. Swanson, S. and R. Wilson. 1996, Pages 48-49 In: Educational Challenges for the 21st Century -- 8th National Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Specialists Workshop. Bellingham, WA, June 26-29, 1996.
Simulated Stream Bank Erosion of Surface and Subsurface Samples from Three Meadow Communities. Swanson, S., I. Kamyab and T. Myers. 1996, Sixth Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conf., V 1-III:100-107. Las Vegas, NV, Mar. 10-14.
Intrareach Variation of Pool Variables in Streams of Constant Stream Type. Myers, T. and S. Swanson 1995, First An. Pacific Northwest Water Issues and 1995 Pacific Northwest/Oceania Conf. Portland, OR, Feb. 27-28.
Combining Consensus and Environmental Analysis for Mixed Ownership Watersheds. Swanson, S. 1995, Pages 75-77 In: Watersheds '94 Respect, Rethink, and Restore: Proc. of the Fifth Biennial Watershed Manage. Conf. Univ. of CA Water Resources Center Report No. 86. Ashland, OR, Nov 16-18, 1994.
Ideas for Reading a Stream's Need for Management. Swanson, S. 1995, Pages 3-13 In: Livestock in Grazed Watersheds Symposium Soc. for Range Manage. An. Meetings Phoenix, AZ, Jan. 16.
Potential Sources of Water Contamination from Confined and Grazing Animal Operations -- Review Comments. Swanson, S. 1995, Chapter 1: In: Coppock, Ray and Stephanie Weber eds. Animal Agriculture Impacts on Water Quality in California. Publication No. AA-1:18-20 Proc. of a conference cosponsored by Animal Agriculture Research Center and Agricultural Issues Center, Univ. of Calif., Davis. in Sacramento, CA, Oct. 20, 1994.
Wetland and riparian vegetation for management of watersheds and water quality. Swanson, S. 1995, Page 27 in: Truckee River Conf. -- In Search of a Sustainable Future for all Ecosystem Inhabitants. Reno/Sparks, NV, Apr. 27.
Characteristics of Successful Riparian Grazing Management. Masters, L., and S. Swanson. 1994, Northwest Regional Riparian Symposia -- Diverse Values: Seeking Common Ground. ID Riparian Coop. Boise, ID, Dec. 8-9.
Grazing Effects on Pool Forming Features in Central Nevada. Myers, T. and S. Swanson. 1994, Pages 235-244 In: Effects of Human Induced Changes on hydrologic systems Am. Water Res. Assoc. Symposium Proc.:. Jackson Hole, WY, June 26-29.
Watershed Classification and Analysis. Swanson, S. 1994, Watersheds '94: Creating the Links. People, Politics, Science, and Stewardship. Sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Bellevue, WA, Tree Farm Cassettes EP49-040
Characteristics of Useful Grazing Management Objectives. Swanson, S. and T. Myers. 1994, Pages 54-59. In: Northwest Regional Riparian Symposia -- Diverse Values: Seeking Common Ground. ID Riparian Coop. Boise, ID, Dec. 8-9.
Streams, Geomorphology, Riparian Vegetation, Livestock, and Feedback Loops: Thoughts for Riparian Grazing Management by Objectives. Swanson, S. and T. Myers. 1994, Pages 255-264 In: Effects of Human Induced Changes on Hydrologic Systems. Am. Water Res. Assoc. Symp. Proc.: Jackson Hole, WY, June 26-29.
. Riparian Ecosystem Assessment and Enhancement Program, Lake Tahoe Basin, California and Nevada Theroux, M. E., S. Swanson, P. Tueller, and A. Franklin. 1994, p. 110-115 In: Northwest Regional Riparian Symposia -- Diverse Values: Seeking Common Ground. ID Riparian Coop. Boise, ID, Dec. 8-9.
A Moveable Frame Technique for Measuring Changes in Streambank Profiles. Zonge, L. and S. Swanson. 1994, Pages 697-706 In: Am. Water Res. Assoc. Symp. Proc.: Effects of Human Induced Changes on Hydrologic Systems. Jackson Hole, WY, June 26-29.
The Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Process. Delmas, R. and S. Swanson. 1993, Pages 290-293 In: Riparian Management: Common Threads and Shared Interests. USDA For. Ser. Rocky Mountain For. and Range Exp. Sta. Gen. Tech. Rept. RM-226. Albuquerque, NM, Feb.4-6.
The Paradigm Shift. Swanson, S 1993, Riparian Management: Common Threads and Shared Interests. USDA For. Ser. Rocky Mountain For. and Range Exp. Sta. Gen. Tech. Rept. RM-226. Albuquerque, NM, Feb.4-6.
Managing for Integrated Use. Swanson, S. and T. Myers. 1993, Pages 19-21 In: Riparian Management: Common Threads and Shared Interests. USDA For. Ser. Rocky Mount. For. and Range Exp. Sta. Gen. Tech. Rept. RM-226.Albuquerque, NM, Feb.4-6.
Stream Bank Stability for C6 Stream Type Reconstruction. Kamyab, I. and S. Swanson. 1990, Watershed Management: A Symp. by the Irrigation and Drainage Division of the Am. So. of Civil Engineers, Durango, CO. July 9-11.
Using Stream Classification to Prioritize Riparian Rehabilitation after Extreme Events. Swanson, S. 1990, Pages 96-101 In: California Riparian Systems: A conference on Protection, Management and Restoration for the 1990's. USDA For. Ser. Pacific Southwest For. and Range Exp. Sta. Gen. Tech. Rept. PSW-110. Davis, CA, Sept. 22-24, 1988.
Riparian grazing management: A challenge for today. Swanson, S. 1985, Pages. 49-53 In: Proceedings: Workshop on Management of Riparian Area. Public Lands Council and Western Universities Range Extension Committee. Denver, CO, Sept. 23.
. Infiltration on Oregon lands occupied by three subspecies of big sagebrush. Swanson, S. and J. C. Buckhouse. 1984, Pages 286-291. In: Third Annual Wildland Shrub Symposium: The Biology of Artemisia and Chrysothamnus. Provo, UT, July 9-13
Professional Papers
Nevada Plants Useful for Riparian Condition Assessment and Monitoring. Swanson, S. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Special Publication SP-16-15 8 p.
Nevada Range Management School: Focus on Sustainability. McAdoo, K., B. Schultz, R. Torell, S. Swanson, G. McCuin, and K. Curtis. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Special Publication. SP-10-09. 9pp.
The 2005 Nevada Rangeland Vegetation Survey General Public Questionnaire and Survey of Responses. Rollins, K. S., Castledine, A., Swanson, S. R., Evans, M. D., McAdoo, J. K., Schultz, B. W., Havercamp, M. J., Wilson, R. E. 2007, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Special Publication, SP-07-11, pp. 42
Ranchers’ Monitoring Guide. Perryman, B. L., L. B. Bruce, P. T. Tueller, and S. R. Swanson. 2006, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Education Bulletin-06-04 48 pp.
Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Planning Facilitation Study. Ryan, Maria, Brad Schultz, Steve Lewis, Jerry Buk, Rod Davis, Staci Emm, Michael Havercamp, Marlene Rebori, and Sherman Swanson. 2006, University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Special Publication-06-03 22 pp.
Water Quality Issues on the Middle & Upper Carson River. Cobourn, J. and S. Swanson. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Special Publication SP-04-22, 6p.
Appendix X: Wildlife Management Smith, B. and S. Swanson. 2004, Ely Bureau of Land Management District Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.
Managing Water Supplies for Water Quality. Chapter 17 Donaldson, S. and S. Swanson 2000, In: Kettle, R., W. Riggs, J. Davison, R. Torell, B. Bruce, H. Glimp, R. Wilson, K. McAdoo, J. Neufeld, B. Kvasnicka, S. Donaldson, and S. Swanson. Intermountain Pasture and Hay Meadow Handbook: Pasture, Hay and Profit. Univ.of Nevada Cooperative Extension Bulletin EB-00-03.
Managing Irrigated Pasture for Water Quality. Chapter 16 Donaldson, S. and S. Swanson. 2000, In: Kettle, R., W. Riggs, J. Davison, R. Torell, B. Bruce, H. Glimp, R. Wilson, K. McAdoo, J. Neufeld, B. Kvasnicka, S. Donaldson, and S. Swanson. Intermountain Pasture and Hay Meadow Handbook: Pasture, Hay and Profit. Univ.of Nevada Cooperative Extension Bulletin EB-00-03.
Water Quality and Public Policy. Chapter 15 Donaldson, S. and S. Swanson. 2000, : Kettle, R., W. Riggs, J. Davison, R. Torell, B. Bruce, H. Glimp, R. Wilson, K. McAdoo, J. Neufeld, B. Kvasnicka, S. Donaldson, and S. Swanson. Intermountain Pasture and Hay Meadow Handbook: Pasture, Hay and Profit. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Bulletin EB-00-03.
Irrigation Diversion Structures for Sustained Pasture and Meadow Production. Chapter 18 S. Swanson and S. Donaldson. 2000, Kettle, R., W. Riggs, J. Davison, R. Torell, B. Bruce, H. Glimp, R. Wilson, K. McAdoo, J. Neufeld, B. Kvasnicka, S. Donaldson, and S. Swanson. Intermountain Pasture and Hay Meadow Handbook: Pasture, Hay and Profit. Univ.of Nevada Cooperative Extension Bulletin EB-00-03.
Research Reports
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Project 15: Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) Assessment Hall, Robert K., Sherman Swanson, Daniel Mosley, Daniel T. Heggem, John Lin, Yves Thériault; Kerry-Ann Charles, Adam St. Germain, Al Douglas, Margarita Caso Chávez, Paola García, Lucie Robidoux, Georgina O’Farrill Karen Richardson, Sylvia Correa 2016, Report. 44 pp.
Reducing Cheatgrass Fuel Loads Using Fall Cattle Grazing
Cattle grazed a cheatgrass-dominated pasture during the fall dormant period for four years (2006-2009) and were provided a protein nutrient supplement to improve their distribution, uptake of dry feed and production performance...
Foster, S., Schmelzer, L., Wilker, J., Schultz, B. W., Mcadoo, J. K., Swanson, S. R., Perryman, B. L. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: Special Publication 15-03
Effects of Meadow Erosion and Restoration on Groundwater Storage and Base Flow in National Forests in the Sierra Nevada, California. Hunsaker, Carolyn, Sherman Swanson, Adam McMahon, Joshua Viers, and Barry Hill. 2015, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and California Department of Water Resources. 59 pp.
PFC to T-FERST: An Integrated, Watershed-based Risk Assessment Process. Hall, R. K., R Schafer, S. Swanson, D.T. Heggem, J. Lin, S. Terry, H. French, D. Mosley 2014, T-FERST:
Linking Changes in Management of Riparian Physical Functionality to Water Quality and Aquatic Habitat: A Case Study of Maggie Creek. Kozlowski, Don, Sherman Swanson, Robert Hall, and Daniel Heggem. 2013, US EPA Office of Research and Development Washington DC EPA/600/R-13/133. 73 pp.
Special Publications
Nevada Youth Range Camp plant identification guide. Foster, S., Schultz, B., and Swanson, S. 2018, UNCE Special Publication. SP-18-04.
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) - Introduction
This report was designed to provide a clear overview of the complex and often confusing world of rangeland monitoring. Included are a suite of short- and long-term monitoring methods.
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 01 - A Framework for Monitoring Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 02 - Tools for Objectives Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 03 - Resource Objectives Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 04 - Adaptive Management Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 05 - Triggers and Indicators Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 06 - Monitoring Methods - General Considerations Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 07 - Monitoring Methods - Short-Term or Implementation Monitoring Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 08 - Monitoring Methods - Long-Term or Effectiveness Monitoring Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 09 - Detecting Patterns of Vegetation Change Across a Landscape Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 10 - Supplemental Techniques and Information Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 11 - Developing a Cooperative Monitoring Plan Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 12 - Interpretation and Use of Monitoring Data Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix A - Cooperative Monitoring Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix B - Ecological Sites Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix C - Weather Variability Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix D - Adaptive Management Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix E - Characteristics of Good Objectives Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix F - Scales in Monitoring
This fact sheet provides detailed information on scales in monitoring Nevada rangeland.
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix G - Remote Sensing to Monitor Rangelands Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix H - Procedures for Selecting Key Areas and Key Species Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix I - Statistical Considerations
This fact sheet contains detailed information on statistical considerations for Nevada rangeland.
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix J - Use Mapping, Key Species Method and Proper Use Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix K - Monitoring Plan Forms
This fact sheet contains detailed information on monitoring plan forms for Nevada rangeland.
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix L - Glossary, Acronyms & Abbreviations Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) || Appendix M - References Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
Reducing cheatgrass fuel loads using fall cattle grazing Foster, S., Schmelzer, L., Wilker, J., Schultz, B., McAdoo, K., Swanson, S., and Perryman, B. 2015, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-15-03. P.11.
Wyoming Big Sagebrush State and Transition Model and Management Key for Nevada, First Approximation. Perryman, B., Swanson, S., Brackley, G., Schultz, B.W., Blackburn, P., McAdoo, J.K., Medlyn, G., and Tausch, R. 2009, University of Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station.
Technical Publication
Riparian Area Management, Grazing Management for Riparian-Wetland Areas, Leonard, S., V. Elsbernd, M. Borman, S. Swanson, and G. Kinch. 1997, USDI BLM Tech. Manual, BLM/RS/ST-97/002-1737, NARSC, Colo.
Conservation Plantings for Natural Resources Management: Rangelands, Windbreaks, Wildlife Habitat, Soil Protection, Conservation Cover, and Mined Land Reclamation. Joint recommendations Tueller, P. T., G. K. Brackley, J. Briggs, J. W. Doughty, G. Staidl, and S. Swanson. 1992, Univ. of NV Coop. Ext. and the U. S. Soil Cons. Serv. BE-92-01 Repl.C-183.
Nevada rangeland monitoring handbook Nevada Range Studies Task Group. 1984, A cooperative effort by: USDA Soil Conservation Service, Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management, University of Nevada-Reno, and Range Consultants. 49 pp.