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- Forest damage
- Lake levels reach normal
- Destruction of VX artillery shells
completed at depot
The U.S. forest service is seeking public
comments over the next couple of weeks on plans to sell timber from
over 400 acres in the Talladega national forest. The trees will not
have to be cut down, mother nature took care of that with tornados
over the past several weeks. The trees, estimated to contain over
1,800 cubic feet of wood, will be sold to lumber companies. Forest
service officials say the sale is necessary as leaving the trees
would create a rich supply of fuel for wildfires. Forest service
officials say that much of the damaged timber are in areas sloped
too steeply for timber harvesting to be effective. Officials
estimated between 150 and 200 acres worth of fallen trees can be
salvaged by timber companies. Forest service officials say this will
be the first major salvage operation in the forest since early in
the decade, when trees infested by Southern pine beetles were sold.
Lake levels reach normal
Figures from Alabama Power Company show lakes
are recovering from last year's drought and are at or near full pool
for Memorial Day weekend boaters. The company manages Lake Logan
Martin, Lake Wedowee, Lake Neely Henry and Weiss Lake. Officials say
reservoirs are where they should be. Power company spokeswoman Gina
Warren says spring rains and careful management have put the lakes
at full summer pool. That's a big change from last summer when some
lakes were more than 10 feet below normal. She says the lakes are in
much better shape than officials expected them to be at this time of
year. Alabama Power held more water in the reservoirs earlier this
spring trying to reach full pool by the end of April in case the
summer turns dry again.
Destruction of VX artillery shells completed
The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
reached another milestone Saturday with the destruction of the final
VX-filled artillery shell stored at Anniston Army Depot. According
to Disposal facility spokesman Mike Abrams , 80 percent of all VX
weapons stored at the depot have now been safely destroyed, and 48
percent of the facility's stockpile of chemical weapons are now
gone. The Anniston facility began destroying the artillery shells
containing the nerve agent in June. During the next several weeks
workers will be preparing the incinerator for the destruction of VX
land mines., a process that Abrams said is expected to take a year.
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