- Associated Press - Thursday, January 22, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Volunteers will help remove about 150 dead ash trees from an east side Detroit neighborhood.

Crews will work from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Beaconsfield and Roxbury streets near Heilmann Recreation Center.

The event is a day of service partnership involving the city and the Arboriculture Society of Michigan. The sponsors include the city and Bartlett Arborist Supply.

Ash trees are prized as a commercial hardwood but have been ravaged since the emerald ash borer was first discovered near Detroit in 2002. The Chinese beetle has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. over the past decade.

The larval beetle tunnels under the bark, destroying a tree without any sign until its foliage yellows and dies.

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