Agriculture officials to remove
ash trees in parts of Michigan to stop spread of insect
By Associated Press
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - State crews will remove hundreds
of ash trees in southeastern Michigan in hopes of stopping
the spread of an exotic, tree-killing beetle, officials
Dan Wyant, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture,
announced plans on Wednesday to combat the voracious Asian
insect known as the emerald ash borer.
The insect was first discovered in Michigan in 2002.
It has killed nearly 6 million trees in southeastern Michigan
and has been detected in several other areas in the southern
part of the state. More than a dozen counties have been
quarantined this year.
Larvae of the beetle live beneath the bark of ash trees,
boring into its tissue until water and nutrients can no
longer flow up into the branches and leaves.
All ash trees will be removed within a half-mile of infested
areas in parts of Saginaw, Eaton, Calhoun, Kent, and Berrien
counties and at sites along the St. Clair River.
The next step will be to focus on isolated spots where
the bug has been detected, Wyant said.