- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - More than 600 trees will be cut down on New York’s Fire Island to battle an infestation of southern pine beetles.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1I8nEBZ ) reports that parts of Fire Island National Seashore will be closed for two weeks starting Monday.

Members of the National Park Service’s Arborist Incident Response Team will perform the work. The beetle is native to the southern U.S. and was first confirmed on Long Island last year.

Besides areas of the Sunken Forest on Fire Island, work also will be done at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, which is on the mainland of Long Island.

The trees will be cut into small pieces so the beetles can be exposed to the elements and die.

A $97,500 grant from the U.S. Forest Service is being used.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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