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Summer Snow: Cottonwood Seeds Blanket Erie

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You might've noticed white, fluffy, fuzz floating in the air and blanketing the grass. It looks like summer snow, but it's the seeds from Erie's many cottonwood trees. The season for cottonwood seeds started this week and will last throughout most of June.

Presque Isle's abundance of trees means areas of the park looks like it's been hit by a blizzard.

They're pretty harmless but they can clog up a car's air conditioning vents and cause it to overheat.

The seeds can also trigger allergies, though park rangers say it hasn't impacted number of visitors to the peninsula.  

During the cottonwood season, rangers carry "indian packs" filled with water  in their vehicles because the fuzz is highly flammable. There is also a 500 gallon water trailer that essentially operates like a fire hydrant at the ranger station.

 "They're very flammable, yes. So you should be very careful when putting out your cigarette butt. Away in the proper container, especially this time of the year," said Jason Heasley, assistant park manager of Presque Isle.

 "They do bother my allergies. It's kind of a pain, but they're here every year so I guess you get used to it," said Greg Morrow of Millcreek, who was enjoying a run on the peninsula despite the fuzz.

A good rain will keep the seeds at bay for a few days, but they usually persist for about four weeks.

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