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More than 500 trees to be cut down in Bay City state park

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

An invasive bug has taken aim at a local state park and sooner rather than later visitors will start to notice far less shade.

Hundreds of ash trees must be taken down.

"It's sad because the whole point of having a park is trees and the environment," Brittany Doan said.

Doan loves the state park in Bay City and the trees, some nearly as high as skyscrapers.

Luckily Greg Lauinger from the Department of Natural Resources caught a little critter and stopped it from causing more damage. 

The devastation is the actions of the emerald ash bore. They create a d-shaped hole in trees. 

As a result several hundred trees in the park will be marked and cut down so other trees in the park don't get infected. 

"We have 540 ash trees we've marked. Within two to three years, if it's not dead, it will be dead," Lauinger said. 

In the end new trees will be planted, and that leaves people like Doan hoping things will get better when her children grow up. 

Park officials said the newly planted trees will take several decades to reach the size of the old ones.  

The cutting is scheduled to take place in September.

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