Emerald Ash Borer Destroys Hundreds of Trees at State Park

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People who camp at a state park up north will notice a big change in the campground this year.

The emerald ash borer has destroyed hundreds of trees at Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, forcing the DNR to remove nearly 400 ash trees over the past 6 months.

“The speed at which these trees have died is the most striking thing to me,” said Aloha State Park Supervisor Jeremy Spell. “Trees that looked healthy during the summer had bark falling off this winter.

Park staff removed the dead trees over the winter and plan to replant as many trees as possible, but says the park will look very different a long time.

"The DNR recognized years ago this could happen. The department has planted around 200 trees within the past five years thanks to grant funding received from the Odwalla Plant-A-Tree Program. We will continue to plant a diversity of trees each year but also recognize it will take a long time before the park looks like it did last year.”

For tips on how you can stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, click on the link within this article.

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