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Michigan removing hazardous trees on Detroit's Belle Isle ahead of reopening as state park

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DETROIT - Michigan is doing some tree-culling as it spruces up Belle Isle in the Detroit River in preparation for turning it into a state park.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that its employees are continuing work this week on the Detroit island to remove and dispose of hazardous trees.

The 982-acre park will open Feb. 10 as Michigan's 102nd state park. Michigan will operate it under a long-term lease from the city of Detroit.

DNR urban forestry co-ordinator Kevin Sayers says the work seeks to eliminate safety hazards and "improve the health of the remaining trees and forests" on the island.

The Detroit News says the department is removing at least 160 trees.

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Belle Isle transition: http://1.usa.gov/1cRsYVQ

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