- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University has cut down ailing maple trees as part of a project to rejuvenate the school’s historic campus entrance.

The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/1ZcGE7V ) the project last week left less than a half-dozen trees near the intersection of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue in East Lansing.

Tressa Wahl, a landscape designer with the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, says 21 Norway maples and a Norway spruce were removed because of safety concerns posed by their declining health. Wahl says internal decay was found.

University staff will plant 16 swamp white oaks to replace the felled trees. Five more Sugar Tyme crabapple trees also will also be planted behind a historic marker.

The project will keep the entrance closed during daytime until June 10.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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