- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it has completed the clearing of at least 160 hazardous trees on Detroit’s Belle Isle as the state prepares to take over management of the park next week.

The 982-acre Detroit River island opens Monday as Michigan’s 102nd state park. The state will operate it under a long-term lease from the city of Detroit.

The DNR’s Forest Resources Division staff has spent the past several months examining the island’s trees and identifying at risk of falling and injuring visitors.

A video (https://bit.ly/1er4cSR ) that the department released Wednesday shows dead trees that towered over play areas until crews felled them.

The DNR says it’s “exploring options for planting replacement trees,” including donations and partnerships.

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Online:

Belle Isle transition: https://1.usa.gov/1cRsYVQ

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