Urban Connectons - Outreach City - Detroit

In the Michigan area there are three National Forests that the Detroit community can access. In just hours you can experience these national treasures for yourself. The islands of green in a sea of people will welcome you and your family with open arms.

Forests and Cities

Huron-Manistee National Forests

  • Location: Upper-lower Peninsula of Michigan
  • Unique Features:
    • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary - The only wildflower sanctuary in the country
    • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area - A unique dune ecosystem on Lake Michigan
    • Lumbermans Monument - Monument and visitor center looking at conservation education, and influence of the lumber industry on the development of Michigan
  • For Information: Visit the Huron-Manistee National Forest website

Hiawatha National Forest

  • Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Unique Features:
    • Clear Lake Environmental Education Camp - For people of all ages who want to learn about environmental sciences, cultural history, natural resource careers, personal growth and team building
    • 6 Lighthouses - The only National Forest with six lighthouses, five under full federal ownership
    • Native Seed Greenhouse and program - Provides native seed for habitat and restorative projects on the Forest
  • For Information: Visit the Hiawatha National Forest website

Ottawa National Forest

  • Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Unique Features:
    • Big Snow Country - Many areas of this forest receive 200 inches of snowfall annually
    • Wilderness - There are over 50,000 acres of wilderness on this forest
    • Town of Victoria - An old mining "ghost" town
  • For Information: Visit the Ottawa National Forest website

Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry

  • The State and Private Forestry branch of the Forest Service promotes sustainable forest management of non-federal forestland, enchancing the ability of these non-federal forests to provide clean air and clean water.
  • Michigan is included in the Northeastern Area of State and Private Forestry which includes 20 Midwest and Northeast States.
  • For Information:  visit the Northeastern Area website

Northern Research Station

  • The Research and Development branch of the Forest Service is the world's largest forest research organization.
  • Michigan  is part of the Northern Research Station. There are research labs located in Lansing and Houghton.
  • The mission of the Northern Research Station is to improve people's lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery. 
  • For Information: visit the Northern Research Station website.

Urban Partners  

A big thank-you to our partners in the Detroit area that continue to help people make a direct connection to the land. 


Our Partnerships work best when…


  • The common goals are better achieved together than separately
  • An evident and tangible mutual benefit to all partners
  • Effective and efficient  tools in place that facilitate work at multiple scales
  • Good governance practices


Below are examples of our relationships created through an expressed commitment of partnerships and agreements between parties who have joined together to achieve common goals: