The Sugar Bush

One of the sweetest signs of spring has arrived, it’s maple syrup season! In March, the warmer daytime temperatures and cool nights, get the sap flowing. It’s the sap from sugar maple trees that is boiled down to make maple syrup.
Producing high quality maple syrup goes hand in hand with forest management. A sugar bush, a forest managed for maple syrup production requires the use of proper forestry practices to maintain production and sustain forest health. 
To get high volumes of sap production, sugar maples need exposure to sunlight. The wider the crown of the tree, the more the leaves have access to light. Forest thinning is therefore an integral part of sugar bush management. Trees that impede the growth and crowd sugar maples are removed, as well as diseased and dying trees. Maintaining some species diversity in a sugar bush is important to build resilience of the forest as well as provide benefits to wildlife.
Maple syrup has been around for centuries. While the methods of maple syrup production have become less labour intensive today, good forestry practices still ensure the sustainability and health of the sugar bush. To find out about CVC’s restoration programs and services, including forest management, join us on April 2 at the Tree Planting and Habitat Restoration Services Presentation.
Visit the Countryside Stewardship Connection and share your maple syrup memories and create new ones at the Sugarbush Festival, click on the What is the sweetest sign of spring? Forum.

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