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Natural Resources

John CobournCobourn, John
Specialist, Water Resources
(775) 336-0244

Expertise: John Cobourn founded the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition to increase collaboration between water quality outreach education agencies. He works with natural resource managers to integrate watershed management in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Carson River watershed.

Programs: Carson River Watershed Education Program, Carson Valley Water Quality Education Program, Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, BMP Retrofit Partners, Contractors BMP Workshops, Western Nevada Flood Education Program
Jay DavisonDavison, Jay
Specialist, Alternative Crops and Forage
(775) 423-5121

Expertise: Jay Davison's major interests are livestock grazing as an environmental management tool, evaluating low water use, high-value alternative crops suitable for producers, invasive weed control, and forage production/harvest strategies.

Programs: Alternative Crops, Domestic Water Quality, Invasive Weed Management, Livestock Grazing For Vegetation Management, Rangeland Management Education For Native American Producers In Nevada, Wildfire Fuels Management/Post Fire Rehabilitation
Staci EmmEmm, Staci
Extension Educator
(775) 945-3444

Expertise: Staci Emm is the Mineral County Extension Educator. She develops programs in community development, natural resources and youth development to facilitate the sustainability of rural communities.

Programs: 4-H, Community Development through Vegetation Management, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sustainability, Relationship building with American Indians.
Holly GatzkeGatzke, Holly
Extension Educator
(775) 726-3109

Expertise: Holly's program areas are developing a local food industry in Nevada and assisting the county in economic, workforce, youth and community development.

Steve LewisLewis, Steve
Extension Educator
(775) 782-9960

Expertise: Steve Lewis works in the fields of natural resources, community development, sustainable agriculture and youth development. As an Extension Educator in Douglas County, he addresses critical needs/issues with training and assessment.

Programs: Carson Valley Water Quality Education Program, Compost Your Combustibles, Leadership Douglas County, Sage Grouse Conservation, Water Quality Education, Western Nevada Flood Education Program
Brad SchultzSchultz, Brad
Extension Educator
(775) 623-6304

Expertise: Brad has a background in Rangeland Resource Management, with expertise in grazing management, plant-animal relationships, vegetation management and change, sage-grouse issues, fire and fuels management and noxious weeds.

Programs: Nevada Range Management School, Humboldt County Noxious Weed Program, Humboldt County Rangeland Resource Program
Ed SmithSmith, Ed
Specialist, Natural Resources
(775) 782-9960

Expertise: Ed Smith works with property owners, fire departments and land management agencies to reduce wildfire threat to Nevada's wildland-urban interface communities. He serves as co-manager of the Living With Fire and is responsible for the technical aspects of the program.

Programs: Living With Fire, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Mulch Combustibility, Be Ember Aware, Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities, Ember House Youth Activity
Sherm SwansonSwanson, Sherm
Range/Riparian Specialist
(775) 784-4057

Expertise: Sherm Swanson's interests are vegetation in streams and rivers, channel and floodplain form, hydrology management, watershed processes, rangeland vegetation management, livestock grazing, invasive weeds, wildlife and adaptive management.

Programs: Riparian Programs