The Michigan Department of Agriculture begins cutting down some 13,000 ash trees in Eaton County. The destructive Emerald Ash Borer Beetle was found in some trees last summer. The area covers commercial and residential zones in Delta Township, and officials expect the removal to take three weeks.
The beetle is being called a public nuisance, and it has already killed 6 million trees in southeastern Michigan. The Emerald Ash Borer Response Team is acting quickly here in Mid-Michigan to stop the spread of the bug. Once the trees are chopped down, they are chipped in a wood chipper and then burned. Officials say it's the only way to ensure the beetles are eliminated. There is no effective pesticide to kill the bugs.
The state does plan to reforest at least part of the area.