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    Default Recommendations for a good forester on a sugarbush in eau claire county

    Bought a new 40 acre parcel of land. Found 600 easy to tap maples but it needs to be thinned and maintained better. Anyone have any references for a good forester or logging company? Land is south of cadott 10 miles in eau claire county.

    I want to keep 25% non maple trees and thin out around the good maples. I've recently learned to no open up trees on more than 1 or 2 sides. Tubing is going in this winter for spring production on about 1/3 of the taps. I'll probably take care of that area myself for firewood. I have this, a shack, and firewood to stock up on before spring so time to get moving. Work is slow at the moment but it should be full swing when our next project starts.
    2016 7 taps= 1-2 gallons of syrup
    2017 135 taps on bags/buckets =17 gallons syrup on block arch
    2018 75 taps on bags/buckets in new locations =50 gallons syrup (2 month season) on insulated barrel stove with auf and hobby r.o.
    2019 less taps on different ground for 1 month season. 20 gallons. Added 4x40 RO membrane and never finished 2x4 cooker.

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    Have you considered talking to the county forester? I am in Clark county and have had really good luck working with the one we have on different issues.

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    Yes, and they refer the logger. Right now it's too late and I'll try again in summer. I'm from Clark County. Dad used to run Forestry and Parks also for a few years.
    2016 7 taps= 1-2 gallons of syrup
    2017 135 taps on bags/buckets =17 gallons syrup on block arch
    2018 75 taps on bags/buckets in new locations =50 gallons syrup (2 month season) on insulated barrel stove with auf and hobby r.o.
    2019 less taps on different ground for 1 month season. 20 gallons. Added 4x40 RO membrane and never finished 2x4 cooker.

    Creator and Mod of Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers on FB

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    Check with your local land grant college forestry dept. Here in NY, we have forester volunteers who will help. When I called one, he came and walked the woods with me, then he connected me with a state forester. That state forester then walked my woods, with me, and asked hundreds of questions on what my goals and visions for the woods were. Then he drew up a written plan with year by year steps. Since I had said I would do all of the thinning the plan did not include a logger. That is because I had all of the equipment including not only the chainsaws (including the safety equipment) and "the Game Of Logging" training, but an excavator, a tractor/logging winch and a saw mill of my own.
    Such a forester will likely not suggest you do the logging without the proper training and proper equipment. My forester was paid by the state, it cost me nothing and the plan he drew out was in line with my desires for the property.
    In NY some counties have there own forester, others don't, mine doesn't. In that case a state forester does the job.
    If you think you may have a substancial logging job, I suggest you use a free lance forester who works for you, not a forester hired by the logger.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
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    Check with NRCS.
    3500 taps, vacuum.

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