Environment
1:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Helping Urban Residents See the Forests for the Trees

Four Urban Connections program managers speak with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Most of the largest cities in this country are far removed from the wilderness.  But that doesn’t mean that places like national forests aren’t relevant to urban residents.

The Urban Connections program seeks to connect city dwellers with special places, such as Morgan Falls St. Peter's Dome Trail in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Credit Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

A US Forest Service program is working to strengthen the bonds of city dwellers with the woods.  The Forest Service’s Region 9 – based in Milwaukee – operates the Urban Connections program in six cities. 

The programs’ managers were in Wisconsin recently – and four of them joined us in the studio – Terry Heyer from the Twin Cities, Jesse Scott from Boston, Lisa Perez from Detroit, and Jean Claassen of Milwaukee.