Tree-eating beetles disrupt Ohio nature preserve

SHILOH, Ohio (AP) — State officials say a tree-eating beetle has destroyed hundreds of ash trees in a northern Ohio nature preserve.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it cut down some trees infested with the emerald ash borer in the Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve. But officials decided to let many dead or dying trees in the preserve east of Shiloh in Richland County fall naturally. The Mansfield News Journal (http://ohne.ws/1nxQVte ) reports the department has closed most of a popular trail to prevent hazards from falling tree trunks and limbs.

The disruptions could continue at the 168-acre preserve for years.

But a department spokeswoman says officials aren't concerned about the insect spreading further in the preserve or onto adjacent property, because it has already moved through the area.

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