Maple production requires sugarmakers possess a diverse set of skills in order to tend the forest resource and maintain a productive sap collection system. Maintaining a healthy, diverse sugarbush that maximizes its growth potential requires periodic vegetation management activity. Also known as thinning, vegetation management is the process of reducing competition for light, water and nutrients of crop trees. Felling trees is the key activity in vegetation management and may be done by logging professionals in support of formal forest management plan objectives or by the sugarmaker or landowner on an as needed basis and including response to extreme weather events.
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Annual data on US maple production.
How does a tree respond to the wound created by a taphole, and what does that mean for future sap production?
Explains how sap flows in trees and the impact that tapping has on subsequent years’ sap flow.
How to tap trees for long-term forest health and sustainable production.
How to best manage your woodlands for maple production.
Research findings on high-brix reverse osmosis production.
Tapping best practices.
Economic analysis of the maple industry.
Analysis of market for those interested in collecting and selling sap.