Woodland Stewardship

Maple sugaring field tour next event for small woodlot owners

Feb 02, 2018

Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service are continuing a series of short field tours to highlight forest stewardship and conservation in Waldo County.

The next event is Maple Sugaring for the Small Woodlot Owner, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., at Simmons & Daughters Sugar House, 261 Weymouth Road, Morrill, about 2 miles west of Morrill Village center.

Whether you want to tap two trees, or 20, this demonstration and tour will help get you started. University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Kathy Hopkins is the state expert on maple syrup, and will give a hands-on presentation of the basics of identifying trees, tapping trees, making syrup, and what equipment you need.

Hopkins will have equipment on display and participants will have a look at the sugar house (pre-season, in all likelihood) and take a short walk into the sugar bush to look at both sugar and red maple (hint: you can tap both for maple syrup).

This presentation is geared toward beginners in maple sugaring, especially woodland owners, homeowners and other non-commercial producers, but everyone is welcome.

The March event will be a post-harvest review of a 2017 logging operation — what was the plan, how did it work, what are the results. Planning is often critical to achieving woodland and harvest goals; this review will look at things in retrospective. Organizers hope to have both forester and landowner present to provide context. The date will be Wednesday, March 21, 3 to 5 p.m. Location TBA.

These events are free and open to all, including landowners, foresters, loggers, and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands. They offer a two-hour opportunity for observation, questions, and discussion of different woodland conditions and management activities.

The events involve being outdoors and walking in the woods and will occur rain, snow, or shine, so dress for field conditions. If driving is hazardous, call to confirm. Parking is often limited so please consider carpooling.

For more information, contact Aleta McKeage, technical director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, 218-5311 or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District forester with Maine Forest Service, 441-2895.

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