- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) - Efforts are taking place to curb the spread of oak wilt in northern Michigan.

The fungus is transported by beetles to trees and spreads to other oak trees through root grafts underground. It’s found in about two dozen states.

Kama Ross, district forester for Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse conservation districts, tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/1RzQ6AW ) there are oak wilt sites in Leelanau County as well as sites in Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Benzie and other counties.

After a tree is removed, most of it has to be destroyed to prevent the disease from spreading. Stumps also have to be pulled to prevent the spread through the root system. The wood still can be used as lumber once stripped of bark and branches.

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Online:

https://www.michigan.gov/foresthealth

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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