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Local beekeeper rescues Honeybees after hive damaged by storm

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FAIRVIEW, OR (KPTV) -

Last weekend's wind storm destroyed a tree near Blue Lake Park in Fairview which was home to a large bee hive.

The wind storm split a tree and damaged some of the hive. 

People at Metro partnered with a local beekeeper to save as much as possible.

Brian Lacy with Live Honeybees climbed up the split tree to determine how much of the hive could be salvaged.

Lacy explained the process to rescue a wild hive.

"Removing sheets of comb is like removing a tooth. If you wiggle it side to side and pull it. With bees you can't jerk it too much," said Lacy.

Lacy said he'll take the worker bees and combine them with another hive. He'll take the honeycomb containing, what he calls the 'baby bees', and put it in a box and form a new hive.

The goal is to bring that new hive back to Blue Lake Park next summer.

Lacy is working with Metro to create a children's Honeybee Education Program at Blue Lake Park next year.

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