Belle Isle to open Monday as Michigan's newest state park - New York News

Belle Isle to open Monday as Michigan's newest state park

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(Credit: MichiganDNR) Worker cuts down tree on Belle Isle (Credit: MichiganDNR) Worker cuts down tree on Belle Isle
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

When Detroit's Belle Isle opens as Michigan's 102nd state park on Monday visitors will see some obvious changes.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it has cut down and cleared at least 160  trees identified as being at risk of falling and injuring visitors. The DNR's Forest Resources Division says it has spent the past several months examining and removing the trees. The state takes over management of the 982-acre park under a long-term lease from the city of Detroit.

The DNR, which released a video showing the removal of trees says it is looking at options to replace the trees which were removed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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