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 (UEC), a partner with the Eastern Region’s Urban Connection program. The Urban Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission of educating the Milwaukee community about the environment, conservation, sustainability, and other issues related to urban ecology, as well as preserving and protecting natural areas in the city. More than 45,000 children from 48 different schools and 35,000 adults visit the three Milwaukee branches of the UEC annually. The center is nationally recognized as a model for community involvement and neighborhood improvement. The partnership between the UEC and the U.S. Forest Service increases opportunities to connect Milwaukee youth to the great outdoors and will potentially encourage them to consider natural resource careers.

 

While at the UEC, the Mr. Bonnie met Director Ken Leinbach to discuss how such partnerships benefit urban constituents, as well as the Forest Service; he also toured the Center’s recently created Rotary Centennial Arboretum, along the banks of the Milwaukee River. This new 40-acre arboretum was designated as a U.S. Forest Service Children’s Forest in 2012, one of only three such sites in an urban area. U.S. Forest Service Children’s Forest funding will enhance the opportunities for thousands of visitors and volunteers to experience and enjoy nature, try new outdoor recreation activities, and participate in citizen science projects.





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