Park Has Hundreds of Trees with Ash Borer

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

The telltale signs of the emerald ash borer bug are on tree, after tree, after tree in Washington Park, just off Washington Avenue in Lansing.

Woodpeckers trying to get to the bugs have torn trees apart. There are little branches growing in inappropriate places.

The city forester, Paul Dykema says the trees are dying. "They just don't know it yet."

Hundreds are marked with red spraypaint and will be cut down, probably in July over about 3 weeks.

More than half the park is ash trees. It will be the largest project the city has undertaken in Dykema's time at the helm.

"It's an ash tree forest where we built a park," Dykema says.

The parks department will try to reforest the area, which may be necessary to prevent standing water.

"It's going to be so bare," exclaimed Lansing resident Laura Miller, who was playing with her daughter there Thursday afternoon.

The city will be examining other parks and city streets and Dykema says he expects to find more ash borer.

It's not "if", he says, but "where" and "when."


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