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WORK ON 3 RESERVOIRS IN WAYNE APPROVED

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Reconstruction, operation and maintenance of three popular reservoirs in Wayne County have been approved by the Fishlake National Forest.

A fuel-wood timber sale is also being considered in the Beaver District, and the Richfield District is getting a new ranger. Forest Engineer Ted V. Fitzgerald was named to the ranger position, replacing Rance Rollins.Permits for work at Meeks Lake, Morrell Pond and Windy Ridge reservoirs were issued to Glendon E. Johnson Jr., ranch owner. There is public access to the reservoirs for fishing.

The storage water is used for livestock and agricultural irrigation on the ranch. Approval was also given to install 18 miles of irrigation ditch, some sections of which will be lined with bentonite clay.

Forest officials said the project will prevent erosion and reduce water loss.

The fuel-wood sale will involve aspen and conifers in the Kent's Lake area. The decadent aspen stands show little evidence of reproduction and don't meet the desired conditions of aspen com-munities described in the forest resource and management plan, according to Dandy Pollock at the Beaver Ranger District office.

The sale would harvest about 500,000 board feet of aspen and mixed conifers. The harvesting would occur on 50 acres within the 150-acre proposed area. Comments may be sent to Pollock.

Fitzgerald assumed his new duties Jan. 21, announced Forest Supervisor Rob Mroka. The new ranger has been engineering and minerals staff officer on the Fishlake Forest since May 1991.

Rollins retired Jan. 2 after 34 years of government service.