The city of Loveland is planning to remove dozens of trees this year in an attempt to reduce the potential spread of a destructive beetle called the emerald ash borer.

According to the Reporter-Herald, the city will cut down 50 to 100 of its 800 ash trees and replace them with a variety of other species. City leaders hope to avoid huge stands of dead trees on public land by slowly phasing out ash trees.

The beetles have killed or damaged more than 70 million ash trees in more than 20 states since 2002. They made their Colorado debut in Boulder in 2013, although experts say they may have been there years before they were discovered.

Ash borers haven't yet been detected in Loveland.