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.
he only wood drop
, 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.
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
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.
nyone traveling to the
Upper Peninsula is required by law to get rid of any firewood before crossing the Mackinac Bridge.
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.
ach tree costs
$130 to replace, plus the costs of labor.
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.