State, Private & Community Forests

State and Private Forestry

Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry collaborates with states, other Federal agencies, tribes, landowners, and other partners to protect, conserve, and manage forests and community trees across the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia. They provide leadership, technical support, sound science, and financial assistance to help ensure that our forests and trees continue to provide clean water, forest products, wildlife habitat, recreation, and other benefits for present and future generations.

Visit for more information.


Milwaukee Area Community Forests

The Urban Ecology Center - MilwaukeeThe Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum at the Urban Ecology Center of Milwaukee, WI is a 40 acre arboretum along the Milwaukee River. The Arboretum has over 2000 trees representing 72 species native to the area and over 70,000 shrubs and herbaceous plants.  The Arboretum provides many benefits to the community; it increases community access to the Milwuakee River, expands the outdoor classroom used by Urban Ecology Center educators, and increases opportunities for ecological research in a unique urban environment.

In 2012, the Arboretum was dedicated as a Children’s Forest by the USDA Forest Service – one of 22 sites across the country and one of very few located in a major urban area.  A Children’s Forest is an area specifically focused on connecting kids and families with nature.   The program aims to help young people make deeper connections to nature through outdoor recreation and by engaging and hands-on stewardship of these special places.  The Arboretum/Children’s Forest hosts several “Imaginature Stations” throughout the 40 acres.  The Stations are all-natural play spaces that will be designated by a special logo for children to search for as they travel throughout the Arboretum.  

We would like to encourage local Milwaukee residents, as well as visitors to the Milwaukee area to visit our friends at the Urban Ecology Center and take a trip through the Children's Forest! For more information about the Urban Ecology Center, The Rotary Centennial Arboretum, and the Children's Forest CLICK HERE.