After the non-native Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered at some Ohio State Parks in western Ohio, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio State Parks formed a partnership to remove the effected 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.”
Approximately 500-700 ash trees will be removed from East Harbor State Park, Catawba Island State Park and Maumee Bay State Park. Ash tree removal at East Harbor, Catawba and Maumee Bay State Parks will be completed, weather-permitting, before the spring camping season. The leftover wood from the trees is free to any individual at each of the three state parks in designated areas from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. All interested individuals should contact the park offices at East Harbor or Maumee Bay for more information. It is recommended that firewood from the ash trees be burned locally by April.
The park managers for the three state parks would like to thank the Division of Forestry for their help in removing the EAB infected trees. Park Managers are encouraging people to donate a tree to replace the ash trees that will be removed. People 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 x 2
Maumee Bay State Park: 419-836-7758
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.