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7,200 trees to be removed from Ohio wildlife area

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BETHEL, Ohio (AP) - Federal and state officials say they'll try to protect a southwestern Ohio state park from the spread of a tree-killing beetle by removing thousands of trees from the adjacent East Fork Wildlife Area.

Officials expect to remove about 7,200 trees that are considered to be at high risk for infestation by the Asian longhorned beetle. The trees that will be destroyed in the wildlife area near East Fork State Park are within a quarter-mile of trees that are already infested by the beetle.

For now, officials say no trees are being removed from the park itself, which is about 20 miles east of Cincinnati. Nearly 19,000 infested or high-risk trees have been removed from the area since the beetles were discovered there more than two years ago.

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