August 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

Trees damaged by beetle removed at Bay City recreation area

Bay City Michigan is removing trees from Bay City State Recreation Area that have been damaged by an invasive beetle.

The Department of Natural Resources says it found damage from the emerald ash borer at the recreation area near Bay City, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.

Ash trees make up roughly 75 percent of trees within the parks mowed picnic areas and there are about 540 that were either dead or dying in those areas. Trees considered hazardous have already been removed and the state says others may come down.

The park is partnering with Bay County to treat 11 healthier ash trees in an attempt to save them. This fall, a timber sale is planned.

The insect native to Asia was detected in southeastern Michigan in 2002.