By COLLEEN OTTE
Capital News Service
Experts used to say the number of ash lost in Michigan was tens of millions. Now they say hundreds of millions, according to Deborah McCullough, a professor of entomology and forestry in Michigan State University. Still, there’s hope for the ash’s survival. “In a nutshell, what I found is that ash seems to be holding on quite well,” said Dan Kashian, who studies ash tree regeneration. The mortality varies among species, but now the devastation has become an international epidemic, McCullough said.