After the non-native Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in some western Ohio State Parks, ODNR's Division of Forestry and Ohio State Parks formed a partnership to remove the affected ash trees.
"The Division of Forestry brings a level of expertise to this project that allows the infested trees to be removed safely, quickly and in a cost-effective way from the state parks," said ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb. "While it is disappointing to lose the ash trees, their removal is necessary to protect the safety of our visitors, which is our biggest priority."
About 500 to 700 ash trees will be removed from East Harbor State Park, Catawba Island State Park and Maumee Bay State Park. Weather permitting, the trees will be removed before the spring camping season.
Wood from the trees is free to anyone at each of the three state parks in designated areas from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. every day. Anyone interested should contact the park offices for information.
Officials recommend the wood be burned locally by April.
Park managers encourage residents to donate a tree to replace the infected ash trees that must be removed. Anyone interested in giving a financial gift or donating a tree may contact the individual park offices for more information.
East Harbor State Park and Catawba Island State Park: 419-734-4424 ext. 2
Maumee Bay State Park: 419-836-7758