Recent Discussions

  • Removing Those Dam Things

    April 14th 2017
    Removing certain dams can be serious problem, as there is usually a huge pile of sediment that has been building up over the many years that it has been there. Some dams are simpler to… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 4

    April 14th 2017
    I always enjoy these updates, and now with 6 years of sugaring under my belt, I feel like I can add my own 2 cents. I’ve done research on maple sap at the Harvard Forest… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 4

    April 14th 2017
    Our Feb sap was low in sugar and full of niter. We don’t have an R.O., so that meant a long time boiling for the magic to happen. We ended up with sandy pans, and… Read More »

  • Bore Cutting Basics

    April 9th 2017
    Been cutting trees for30 +years so I love cutting trees and using my 3 awesome saws. And to be really safe. I love felling trees and buck them up. So exicted to be here with… Read More »

  • Foxes Active in Late Winter

    April 8th 2017
    I have had a small lovely grey fox visiting my bird feeders since early January. Since most of the time it come between 7 and 9 pm I am able to sit and watch it… Read More »

  • The Science of Syrup

    April 6th 2017
    Cleanliness and speed are your only means of affecting grade. Do you use buckets or tubing? If buckets, make sure you collect them quickly, store the sap in a cool place, and boil it in… Read More »

  • The Science of Syrup

    April 5th 2017
    I have a question. Usually on my first boil of the Season I produce light maple syrup or otherwise known as gold and delicate. However that is usually the only time it happens. After that… Read More »

  • Woodcock Habitat

    April 4th 2017
    Thanks, Gib! It really is one of the great pleasures of early spring. Our woodcock just returned yesterday (4/4) so “Pete” should be arriving at your place any moment now! Read More »

  • Woodcock Habitat

    April 3rd 2017
    Nice article Elise, My wife Sue can’t wait for “her” woodcock to return every spring. At the end of the day, in the spring, after barn chores, she will often head up into our meadows… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    April 3rd 2017
    The same mourning dove couple that had two babies here on our porch last year just returned about a week or two ago. We had left the nest so they built it up a little… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 3

    April 3rd 2017
    Steve: Yes, good luck! Dave: Check out this piece i wrote a few years back exploring just that. http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/how-much-sap To answer your question directly, if a sugarmaker is using best management practices, all the research… Read More »

  • Why Are Some Trees Pollinated by Wind And Some by Insects?

    April 2nd 2017
    To highlight Jackie’s question above: How do wind-pollinated species ensure a good enough mix of genetic material (Eg. Birch). Do they not all end up as clones of their parent tree? Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 3

    April 2nd 2017
    In your opinion, can this high tech and high volume maple syrup production adversely affect the health of the maple tree being tapped? Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 2

    April 1st 2017
    I have only 35 buckets in my “operation,”(enough to sweeten my coffee through the year!), but I’ve been sugaring for 16 years and have witnessed the wild weather swings each winter/spring.  This year I’ve only… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 3

    April 1st 2017
    Syrup pricing:  In the late 1940’s and early 50’s top price for fancy syrup was about $8 or so a gallon, based, I was told, on what it cost to hire labor for 8 hours… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 3

    March 31st 2017
    Great article as always Dave.  “Tech seduction”... the weakness of many a sugarmaker.  Me, I’ll try my best to resist favoring instead natural vacuum, raw sap, and wood-fired evaporator.  Wish me luck! Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 3

    March 31st 2017
    Had an old timer (now also sadly gone) who sugared in our watershed caution me 25 years ago about getting “sap greedy”. Old Charlie Hosmer said “it’s just work to get from winter logging to… Read More »

  • Felling Trees Against the Lean

    March 30th 2017
    Tx for comments above. Have a 70’ high oak 16” dia slight crown above the 40 ’ mark, like the tree above Lean is a few ft South, the crown is leaning SoEast. I want… Read More »

  • That Signature Look: An Introduction to the Doctrine of Signatures

    March 28th 2017
    This is really interesting information. Thanks for sharing. Read More »

  • The Wood Chemical Industry in the Northeast: An Old Industry with New Possibilities

    March 27th 2017
    In the photo above with the caption: Melvin Parks, at right, was a scaler for the George I. Treyz company.  In the photo, the person on the right is John Jones, a local Cooks Falls… Read More »