- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - More cleanup efforts are planned for a trail system in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula that was hit hard by severe thunderstorms last month.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working with local partners on the Vasa Pathway in Grand Traverse County and says targeted timber harvest and salvage likely will take place within the next week. A public meeting is scheduled Oct. 7.

The skiing, hiking and biking trail’s 5-kilometer loop suffered the most damage. A goal is to open the trail in time for skiing season.

Bill Sterrett, district forest supervisor with the DNR Forest Resources Division, says there’s over-mature aspen in the area and some could be cut down, leaving pine, hemlock, oak, birch and maple trees for a future forest that w better serve the trail.

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