WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last week I got to experience “sap snow.” This is an unusual phenomenon where snow is falling above freezing (mid-30s), and maple sap is running fast into the buckets. As you might imagine, snow normally requires freezing or below temperatures, while sap demands freezingContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? This was a pretty cool tree we got to prune near Rondout in Ulster County. It was one of the largest trees we’ve done. Some time ago, it was “let go” & sprouted some large branches or “suckers.” These “suckers” shaded out the lowerContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? If you’re a skier or snowshoer, this winter (so far) has been a bust. But this unusually warmer January has been great for maple sugaring. My 18 buckets gave 47 gallons of sap in one day last week. That means on average, these tapsContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, this year marks the earliest time I’ve tapped maple trees. Trees were tapped January 1st and sap boiled on the 2nd. I’ve tapped before in January (several times), but not this early. The 10-Day forecast is looking pretty “maply” too with highs inContinue Reading