Gun Lake Tribe: Invasive species harming beeches

Greg Corace, a Refuge Forester at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge near Germfask, Mich., shows the distinctive grayish-white signs of Beech Bark Disease Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, where a tiny insect attaches itself, eventually killing the tree.

HOPKINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians is asking residents to keep an eye out for an invasive species that may make beech trees sick.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band’s environmental department says it has noticed signs of Beech scale, an invasive insect that causes Beech Bark Disease.

The insects eat into the bark of beech trees, leaving holes in the truck. The holes allow for exotic fungus to infect the tree, killing it and often causing the trunk to break.

Anyone who notices signs of Beech Bark Disease — like whitewashing caused by the insects secreting a white wax, breaking of trunks, black secretion from lemon-shaped sores, discolorations, or wilting of branches or trunks — is asked to contact the Allegan Conservation District, which will come out to examine trees for free.

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Online:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service on Beech Bark Disease

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