Winter Courses

FES 548  Invasive Plants: Biology, Ecology, and Management

Winter 2019 | 3 credits (E-campus)
Instructor: Seema Mangla |

Concepts of plant physiology, genetics, and population dynamics are used to understand how plant invasions occur and some communities continue to exist. Management implications are explored. The course is 500 level but it is also open to senior-level undergraduates so students can directly contact Seema if they are interested in registering for it.
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NR 312 Critical Thinking for Natural Resources Challenges

Winter 2019 | 3 credits Hybrid (OSU Cascades)
Instructor: Drew Moore

Critical Thinking for Natural Resources Challenges will help you formulate arguments, critically evaluate the arguments of others, and essentially teach you how to be an effective NR manager. This course is taught by Drew Moore, who also teaches PS475 in the spring.

FW 370 Conservation Genetics

Winter 2019 | 4 credits including a 2hr Lab (OSU Cascades)
Instructor: Seth Ganzhorn

Conservation Genetics gets you into the genetic make-up of our natural systems and how to think and use genetics in planning and conservation. This course is taught by Seth Ganzhorn, who did a bunch of genetics work during his work in Brazil and has got some seriously cool questions to answer about our ecosystems in Central Oregon.

NR 201 Managing Natural Resources for the Future

Winter 2019 | 3 credits
Instructor: Dave Stemper

Explore a range of natural resource issues, and gain insight into natural resource management careers…

Managing Natural Resources for the Future is designed for students interested in learning about how natural resources are managed in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Students gain exposure to key natural resource issues, and how natural resource specialists come together to work on them. For instance, among the issues we’ll explore is the hydraulic fracturing of shale (fracking) and Pacific Northwest dam decommissioning. It’s truly a dynamic course, and we investigate a broad range of natural resource issues.

In addition, students will discover some methods utilized to help ensure that our bounty of natural resources remains available for future generations to utilize and enjoy. In the process of examining contemporary natural resource issues, NR 201 will cause you to re-examine opinions and values you hold regarding natural resources and their management.

TRAL 352 Wilderness Management

Winter 2019 | 3 credits
Instructor: Dave Stemper

TRAL 493/593 Environmental Interpretation

Winter 2019 | 4 credits
Instructor: Dave Stemper

Fall Courses

FES 499/599 Public Lands Policy & Management

Fall 2018 | 3 credits | CRN: 19527/19528, T-TH 12:00-1:20 PM
Instructor: Dr. Stacy Rosenberg

This course examines public lands policy and management in the Western U.S. It provides an overview of historical and current federal agency mandates and activities and highlights the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the federal land management agencies. Case studies and current public land conflicts are used to demonstrate the interactions between government agencies, interest groups, the courts, and other involved parties. The course can be used to meet TRAL and NR program requirements.

FOR534: Economics of the Forest Resource

Fall Term (3 cr.) T/TR 2pm-3:20pm
Instructor: Dr. Olli-Pekka Kuusela

This class is for graduate students who want to know more about how economic theory and methods are applied to a wide range of forest policy and management questions. The course topics will include economics of timber production, forest product markets and trade, international trade, the economics of risk and uncertainty, the economics of ecosystem services (e.g. recreation, biodiversity, water, carbon sequestration), valuation of nonmarket goods and services, policy evaluation, discounting, and sustainable development.

FE444X/544X Forest Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

Fall Term (4 credits) CRN 20045/20046
Instructor: Dr. Bogdan Strimbu

This course introduces the fundamentals of remote sensing and photogrammetry, with emphasis on active sensors. The course provides a review of GIS, mapping, and GPS within a remote sensing framework. A significant portion of the course will be dedicated to photogrammetry, supervised and unsupervised image classification, radar, and lidar. Labs are the most exciting part of the course, as their images will be analyzed, 3D landscapes will be observed, and point clouds will be manipulated. The course will provide the foundation for processing and interpreting the data acquired with UAV, particularly orthorectificationand geo-referencing.

T 10-12:50 LAB


Credits: 3        Instructor: Dave Stemper

“The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.”

-Edward Abbey

Though shared more than a quarter-century ago, Edward Abbey’s words endure and carry more weight than ever before. America’s beleaguered wilderness areas are threatened in numerous ways. To ensure a wilderness resource for generations to come, tomorrow’s wilderness stewards need to learn about the multiple challenges confronting wilderness today. Come explore the meaning and significance of wilderness via TRAL 352 – Wilderness Management.

TRAL 352 – Wilderness Management is an engaging and interactive course offered through OSU Extended Campus.  Join us as we explore the evolution of the wilderness concept, development of wilderness policy in the United States, and strategies used by wilderness managers as they confront challenges to America’s National Wilderness Preservation System.

Is it possible to love an area to death?

A significant issue addressed in TRAL 352 is that of ‘visitor impact’.

A very timely issue in Oregon, as wilderness managers are considering strategies to help mitigate the effects of excessive visitor use in the popular Three Sisters Wilderness. We’ll learn about those strategies, and hear from the natural resource professionals involved.

Through online content and outdoor exploration, you’ll discover unique wilderness characteristics, and the variety of approaches used to manage this vital American resource.

Come explore America’s unique wilderness heritage, and unleash the wilderness defender inside you.

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Credits: 4        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Sharpen your communication skills…

…Energize your presentations, displays, and exhibits

In Environmental Interpretation, students discover how to craft messages specially tailored to engage informal audiences. This includes not only those visiting parks, forests, wildlife refuges, zoos, and nature centers, but also those accessing information online or via social media.

Offered through OSU Extended Campus, Environmental Interpretation reveals the value of interpretation as a communication strategy.

Students receive training in communication techniques applicable to a range of disciplines, including natural resource management, cultural & historical resource management, digital media design, and journalism.

Students learn how to craft concise, effective messages for the general public. They participate in real-world interpretive projects available through agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Oregon State Parks, and connect to internship and employment opportunities available through these and other agencies.

Environmental Interpretation adds value to your transcript and satisfies core requirements and specialty options within OSU’s Natural Resources (NR) and new Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership (TRAL) degree programs.

In addition, students are made aware of additional training and certification opportunities available through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

If you’ve envisioned yourself working as a park ranger, nature center director, digital media designer, exhibit designer, or if you simply want to improve your public communication skills, then this is the course for you.

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Credits: 4        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Discover how to use your local natural area as a teaching tool!

Forest as Classroom (FES 430/530) is an online course designed for students interested in teaching others about natural resources while learning a bit about those resources along the way.

Forest as classroom uses the exploration of outdoor landscapes as a means of teaching others about science, ecology, mathematics, social science, and history. Through an examination of forest ecology, forest succession, and broader natural resource management issues, students not only learn about natural resources, but they also discover some interdisciplinary methods used to teach about science, math, and other fields.

Forest as Classroom meets various requirements and options within the Natural Resources Degree Program and can serve as an elective within the Education Double Degree and Education Minor programs.

In addition, Forest as Classroom can be used as an elective within the following degree programs: Master of Natural Resources (MNR, online), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. online), Master of Education (Ed.M., online), and Master of Science in Science Education (M.S., on campus).  Please speak with your advisor if interested in pursuing any of these options.

Whether a student sees themselves as a classroom teacher, interpreter, or scientist, Forest as Classroom provides an opportunity to improve teaching and communication skills.

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