REDDING, Conn. -- Officials will chop down more than 200 ash trees at Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding this winter in an effort to gain some profit from them before they are infected by the Emerald Ash Borer insect, according to the Redding Pilot .
A licensed lumberjack will remove the trees and process them into sawnwood and firewood.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection decided to turn the trees into lumber after predicting that they would become infected with Emerald Ash Borers, an invasive insect species that has been found in some towns in Fairfield County, the Redding Pilot reported.
Residents who are interested in purchasing the firewood should visit Putnam Park when the trees are being removed and speak to Forest Turner, the lumberjack taking down the trees, the Redding Pilot said.
Jerry Milne, who manages western Connecticut’s state forests for the DEEP, told the Redding Pilot that the tops of the trees cut down will be left in the park, and will likely be chipped and used somewhere in the park.
Read the full story in the Redding Pilot here .
Putnam Memorial State Park is located at 499 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding. For more information, call (203) 938-2357 or click here .