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Village asks legislators to replace infested trees

The only wood drop-off site, just off of I-75 before crossing the Mackinac Bridge


A

n
Emmet County village says the statewide effort to keep the Emerald Ash Borer out of the Upper Peninsula is actually killing trees in their community.


T

he only wood drop

-

off site

, just off of I-75

before crossing the
Mackinac Bridge, is located in Mackinaw City and that site is where village council members say the damage is being done.


Council

spelled
it out clearly in a letter to the Governor and other leaders in Lansing, that they believe the invasive species is being brought to their town and destroying their trees.


"

A lot of times the w

ood

is just stacked outside of the container and not put inside and that's where we are having the problem

," Bob Glenn, Village of Mackinaw City Trustee said.


A

nyone traveling to the
Upper Peninsula is required by law to get rid of any firewood before crossing the Mackinac Bridge.


T

h

e

small closed off
dumpster like container is the only place you can do so. It's less than a mile from from downtown, where so far around 100 trees have been killed.


"

It's a lot of money and that's money we don't have with today's taxes and they way they are

," Glenn said.


E

ach tree costs
$130 to replace, plus the costs of labor.


T

he village has already started to plant new trees

, but with such a heavy price tag, they need help. They are hoping the State will take responsibility for this issue and quickly replace the trees.

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