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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


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      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.


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      he only wood drop

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      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.


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


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      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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