Working Together

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Who We Are

Urban Connections is an outreach program for the Eastern Region of the USDA Forest Service.  Our program is based on a simple idea:  reaching out to urban communities and building alliances to compliment the Forest Service mission of “Caring for the Land and Serving People.”

The Forest Service has a long history of working with people who live in close proximity to national forests. While this is of great value, we seek to expand this involvement to citizens who live in major metropolitan areas. Urban Connections coordinates with all three Forest Service branches [State & Private Forestry; Research and Development; and the National Forest System] to build strong relationships interested citizens, urban leaders, interagency partners, nonprofit organizations, and non-government organizations.

The Eastern Region has nine of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, making it uniquely positioned to connect with diverse and underserved citizens. The Urban Connections Program currently works within the communities of Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit.  

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Our Partnerships


USDA Under Secretary Bonnie visits Urban Ecology Center

USDA Under Secretary Bonnie visits Urban Ecology Center

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie recently visited Milwaukee and stopped by the Urban Ecology Center.

Arturo Garcia discusses his background, goals and work with the Forest Service

Arturo Garcia with Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Originally started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, it is now a 30-day celebration that starts Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15.

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