BEND, Ore. — A U.S. Marine Corps training exercise is helping clean up national forests in Oregon.
The Bulletin reports that members of a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Engineer Services Company, part of Combat Logistics Battalion 23, came from Springfield earlier this month for training exercises in the Deschutes National Forest and the Willamette National Forest.
As part of that training, about 50 members completed maintenance project in Deschutes and 40 helped out in the Willamette forest.
For the Deschutes forest, reserve members completed projects such as demolishing an old guard station on forestland near Sisters and building more storage near the headquarters building in Bend.
Forest officials have long complained they do not have the resources to complete maintenance. This is the first year the Marines trained in Deschutes, but officials say they'd like to have them back.