- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Carvers using power tools are shaping dead ash trees into works of art as part of the weeklong Fantasy Forest Art Competition in Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports (https://bcene.ws/1JPN6xm ) that 16 carved trees will become a permanent display just east of the main entrance of Leila Arboretum.

Rain didn’t deter the carvers Saturday and Sunday. The invasive emerald ash borer killed several trees in the arboretum. But rather than removing them, the competition was devised and artists are vying for a $5,000 first prize and a $3,000 for second prize.

The insect native to Asia was detected in southeastern Michigan in 2002. It’s destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and Canada.

Winners will be announced next Saturday.





Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com

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