MILWAUKEE – Representatives from the Forest Service participated in the Greater & Greener 2017 international urban parks conference held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota July 29 through August 2. Participants included people from across the United States and abroad.
Workshops were a part of the conference and one of the areas selected to be highlighted was the 18-acre Como Woods Outdoor Classroom. For a number of years, Region 9’s Urban Connections program has worked with partners and volunteers to restore this urban park. Improvements include: trail construction, installation of signage, historic structure renovation and invasive species removal. For the Como Woods workshop, 25 participants performed a tree inventory, looked for invasive earthworms and took a birding tour.
After the activities was reflection time where participants were asked to write a poem. The following is a poem written by one of the participants summing up their experience:
Like lithe graceful ballerinas