KALKASKA, Mich. — State officials plan to cut down oak trees on nearly 2,000 acres of state-managed land in northern Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources says the oaks in southeastern Kalkaska County have suffered the past two years from a gypsy moth infestation, drought and old age.

The DNR says its personnel noticed the ailing trees during flights to monitor forest health.

District forest supervisor Bill Sterrett says removing the trees will stimulate new growth while removing a risk to people who might be in the area when dying oaks topple over. He says the DNR wants to salvage the wood while it’s still in good enough shape to be sold.

Red pine will be planted on at least 700 acres. Doing so will help jump-start regrowth of oak and other hardwoods.