WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The maple sugaring season is full-steam ahead right now. I better enjoy it while it lasts. Looking at the 10-day forecast in central Ulster County shows the day-time highs creeping into the upper 50s/lower 60s and evening lows above freezing. Freezing nights are aContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Finally tapped into the 2021 maple sugaring season. The weather later this weekend into next week is beginning to warm up. Temperatures will be into the upper 30s/low 40s in central Ulster County while freezing at night, and that means sap should be flowing.Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Earlier this winter I had to cut down a hazardous sugar maple at someone’s property near Margaretville. The tree was part of an old sugarbush that I knew had been tapped for many decades. When sawing up the tree into “cookies” it revealed aContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Temperatures are fairly good for maple sugaring this year; Highs in the 40s and lows below freezing create good conditions for sap flow. However, my notes tell me that I’m definitely getting less than prior years. The only thing I can come up with–andContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Looking at the weather forecast in central Ulster County and the high & low temps are looking like great maple sugaring weather (if it was February or March). The problem is that it’s November! Some people–believe it or not–haven’t been able to wait thatContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, it’s about 50 degrees outside in central Ulster County and I’m betting this sugar maple is thinking about running on this New Year’s Day.  Last year, I tapped early in January, and probably could make syrup this first week in January since temperaturesContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Sometimes the maple season comes to a halt because the day-time temperatures aren’t warm enough. Sometimes, it’s because the evening temperatures are too warm; Both conditions cause the sap to stop flowing. Sometimes the season stops due to a lack of energy on theContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? My sapwood pile has noticeably shrunk with all this maple sap boiling, which makes me wonder how much wood my little evaporator eats to spit out some maple syrup. Well, so far it’s roughly 1/2 cord to 5 gallons of syrup. “Sapwood” consists ofContinue Reading