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Ohio removes trees from parks after insect found

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is removing hundreds of ash trees from three state parks after discovering a harmful insect in them.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state is removing as many as 800 ash trees from parks in western Ohio after the discovery of the emerald ash borer.

The insect larvae burrow through the soft wood under bark, and the tunnels destroy the trees' circulatory systems.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the removal of trees at Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Loramie state parks should be finished by the end of the week.

The work at Indian Lake State Park should be finished by early January.

The ash borer was discovered in 2002 outside Detroit, likely in wooden packing crates sent to the United States from China.