Logging of beech and ash trees in Potawatomi State Park will wrap up next month before returning in October. Park Supervisor Erin Brown-Stender says the operation got off to a slow start this winter due to other commitments of the contractor. There is not a quota, per se, but rather specific areas of the park where the trees need to be thinned.
The Emerald Ash Borer became a problem at Potawatomi beginning in 2015. It is thought to have been brought in on firewood used by campers. Beech bark disease is caused by both a fungus and a scale insect that feeds on the tree’s sap.