- The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest just finished a project with the National Guard that's the first of its kind.
The partnership gets some long needed projects done on National Forest property, and in turn give the battalion training they needed.
Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service says there's a lot more to the National Forests than the land they look after. There's a lot of infrastructure with major maintenance needs.
"Being efficient and finding different ways to do business is really beneficial because there's always work that needs to be done. So by tapping into something like this agreement with the National Guard we can make sure things are safe for the public and our employees and, once again, the benefit to the National Guard is they get the training they need," says Flory.
The National Guard members on this project were from an engineering battalion. They'll use these skills in Afghanistan in 2014.
Chequamegon-Nicolet is already working on teaming up with the National Guard again next year.
Story By: Lyndsey Stemm