- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) - State officials say they’ve removed about 400 dead ash trees from Aloha State Park in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula because of an infestation by emerald ash borer.

Ash trees previously composed about 85 percent of the trees within the popular campground near Cheboygan. That made it a prime target for the ash borer, an invasive tree-killing beetle native to Asia.

Supervisor Jeremy Spell said Monday the damage happened quickly. Trees that looked healthy last summer were losing bark over the winter.

The Department of Natural Resources says the campground will look different to visitors this year after so many trees were removed in the last six months.

Spell says the DNR is removing stumps and planting a diverse mix of new trees at the park.

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