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Disease and Insect Infected Trees to be Removed at Potawatomi State Park

Contact(s): Erin Brown Stender, Potawatomi State Park Superintendent, 920-746-2893,
January 13, 2020 at 12:03:00 pm

STURGEON BAY, Wis. - Visitors to Potawatomi State Park may notice some logging activity along park roads in the next several weeks as Department of Natural Resources park and forestry staff continue to address the outbreak of two tree diseases in the park.

Potawatomi State Park has been affected by emerald ash borer (EAB) and beech bark disease (BBD). EAB is widespread throughout the state, and BBD has been found throughout the range of beech in Wisconsin and is widespread throughout Door County.

Both EAB and BBD can be fatal to affected trees, and both pose a safety hazard to park visitors.

Park management has worked with DNR foresters and other staff to implement a harvest of affected trees in the park. The harvest area includes marked trees within 75 feet of roads, trails and campsites, including north and west of the family campground.

Marked trees include ash, beech visibly affected with BBD, and other hazard trees as identified by DNR foresters.

Roads, trails and other facilities may be closed at times to protect the safety of park visitors. Closure information will be posted at the Park Office and in affected areas within the park.

The harvest should not cause any disruptions to winter ski and snowmobile seasons.

More information about EAB and BBD is available on the DNR website.

Last Revised: Monday, January 13, 2020

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