Timber sale at Pokagon to tackle ash borer woes


A northern Indiana park will conduct the first logging operation in its history to remove trees devastated by the emerald ash borer.

Pokagon State Park plans to remove dead and dying ash trees from picnic areas, campgrounds and other public places this winter to ensure they don't damage buildings or pose a risk to the public.

The Herald Republican reports the affected trees are in danger of falling or losing limbs because they were hit by the ash borer. The invasive pest was first spotted in Steuben County in the mid-2000s and has killed thousands of trees statewide.

Pokagon property manager Ted Bohman tells The Herald Republican and WPTA that removing the trees is a safety issue.

Money from the winter sale will be used to plant new trees.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This story may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.