Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 29, 2013

End to a golden autumn?

BY MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS mdrahos@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Fall tourism in Michigan is a $2.7 billion industry — and much of the economic impact is felt in northern Michigan, which attracts droves of visitors with its vibrant fall colors.

But the scenic landscape is changing as ash and beech trees succumb to pests and diseases, going the way of the elm and the birch before them. And experts say it’s likely to change even more as climate change drives some species out and new species in.

What northern Michigan’s fall colors will look like years from now is uncertain. But with the demise of many trees responsible for the region’s vivid yellow foliage, autumn may be a little less golden.

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