Winter Courses 2018

FES548 Invasive Plants

Instructor: Seema Mangla,

Course description: 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.

Link to register for the class:

WSE 266 Industrial Hemp

Course Name: Industrial Hemp Course Number: WSE 266
Instructors’ Name: Seema Mangla and Anndrea Herman
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Course Credits: This course combines approximately 90 hours of instruction, assignments and exams for 3 credits.

Course Content: This Ecampus course serves as an introduction to the botany, pedigree seed, history and use of the hemp plant for food, fiber, and building products. The Cannabis hemp plant has been used by humans since the dawn of the agricultural age for a variety of uses. This remarkable plant has many potential uses in today’s world and we are seeing a resurgence of interest in industrial hemp. The use of high THC Cannabis as a drug crop is a different subject, not directly covered in this course. This course does not instruct students during class or through class materials about how to grow, manufacture, distribute or dispense marijuana. This course serves as an authoritative introduction for those students interested in knowing more about this renewable material that is an excellent source of food, fiber and building products.

For a full syllabus contact or Professor Mangla.


WSE 470H Forest, Wood, and Civilization

Credits: 3
Instructor name: Seema Mangla
Instructor email:
Instructor phone: 5417376029
Course Description
Multidisciplinary examination of issues related to the roles of forests, trees, and wood in civilization, as providers of commodities, ecosystem services, and spiritual and artistic inspiration. Issues include global supply and demand, wood ownership and political power, and perceptions and uses of forest resources in different societies. (Bacc Core Course)


Cascades: HM 399 Sustainable Food Production Systems

Course title and number: Sustainable Food Production Systems, HM 399

CRN: 39865

Term: Winter 2018

Course credits: 4

Course location: DINE 205, OSU Cascades Campus Course times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:20pm?

Course description: Hospitality Management is one of the largest industries in the world, yet is ultimately rooted in local places and people. Successful hospitality properties must therefore preserve the environmental and social fabric of the communities in which they operate. With an eye towards sustainability, this course explores the intersection of Central Oregon hospitality management and food production. In the classroom, students will learn about principles of sustainability, the history of U.S. agriculture, and the rise of industrial food production. In the field and kitchen, students will strategize solutions for issues facing local farmers, food entrepreneurs, and chefs. The end goal of this course is to build successful and sustainable relationships between hospitality properties and local food producers.

Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the history, scope, and scale of food production in the United States.
  2. Explain the positive and negative impacts of large-scale vs. small-scale food supply chains with regard to environmental, social, and consumer health issues.
  3. Apply basic systems theory to food production problems and solutions.
  4. Understand current trends in the hospitality management industry related to sustainability, agriculture, eco-tourism, and community development.
  5. Assess the feasibility of local and/or sustainable food production and management practices for hospitality properties.
  6. Understand the strengths, weakness, opportunities, and barriers associated with specific Central Oregon farmers, producers, and hospitality properties.
  7. Engage in experiential research and problem solving related to sustainable food production and hospitality management in Central Oregon.

Emerging Leaders

Looking for ways to increase your leadership skills, knowledge and confidence? Register for the Emerging Leaders course (UEXP 499, CRN 38346, 2 credits, Wednesdays 4-5:50pm) for Winter Term.

This interactive course is designed for students new to leadership development. Intended learning goals are:

  • Increase your personal development and leadership efficacy;
  • Learn a variety of leadership styles and models;
  • Reflect on your personal leadership and communication styles, talents, strengths and goals; and
  • Provide you a foundation for participation in future leadership opportunities, internships, and other professional development.

Questions? Contact me at or (541) 737-6385.


Same course, NEW name!

FES 493/593 is now TRAL 493/593

(formerly known as FES 493/593)

Winter Term 2018 

Credits: 4     Instructor: Dave Stemper

CRN: 39667 (TRAL 493)

CRN: 39668 (TRAL 593)

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.

For registration information, visit, or call 1-800-667-1465


Same course, NEW name!

FES 352 is now TRAL 352

(formerly known as FES 352)

Credits: 3     Instructor: Dave Stemper

Winter Term 2018

CRN: 32787

“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 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?

One issue addressed in TRAL 352 is that of ‘visitor impact’. We’ll discover how managers deal with the effects of excessive visitor use, via exploration of wilderness areas such as Oregon’s Three Sisters, and Colorado’s Indian Peaks.

Through online content and outdoor exploration, you’ll discover unique wilderness characteristics, along with strategies for managing this vital American resource.

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

For registration information, visit, or call 1-800-667-1465



Winter Term 2018

Credits: 3     Instructor: Dave Stemper

CRN: 33415

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 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 remain 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.

For registration information, visit, or call 1-800-667-1465


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