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  1. #1
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    Default Need more taps!

    I am looking for more maple trees in Central mass.

    I would appreciate information from Anyone with any news on new viable sugarbushes.

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    Williston, VT
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    I have noticed that sugar maples are very obvious in aerial photos taken in early May and can be identified on google earth images taken during that month. There are 3 main tells - color, intensity of foliage, and texture of foliage as shown on the screen shot (sorry for quality but I can't make it better).

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    The image is from May 15, 2015 at about 800 ft above the terrain. Hopefully you can find a google earth image for your area of interest around that date. From the photo you can clearly see the large stand of sugar maples on the right. The trees on the left are a mix of hickory, ash, red maples, hardhack, oak, and is mostly void of mature sugar maples. The color is a brighter green. The leaves are obviously fuller and more developed than other trees. And the texture looks like broccoli heads.

    Ken
    Last edited by TapTapTap; 04-14-2021 at 06:53 AM.
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
    https://www.facebook.com/pumpkinhillmaple/

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    Is Ashburnham considered central Mass to you?
    6th season solo sugar maker in a young sugar bush of mostly red maples
    320 taps
    2x6 self built arch, Flat pans w/ dividers
    New 12x16 sugar house
    CDL hobby 250 RO

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