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Sugarbush Management

Index of External Resources from the Sugarbush Management Notebook

These external resources are organized by chapter in the notebook

Ch1 Introduction
Ch2 Sugarbush Assessment
Ch3 Sugarbush Improvement Activities
Ch4 Common Diseases and Pests
Ch5 Regeneration
Ch6 Wildlife, Diversity, and Ecosystem Health
Ch7 Soils, Streams, and Roads
Ch8 Property
Additional Resources

Section 1.1: Maintaining a Healthy Sugarbush

Section 1.2: Identifying Maples and Associated Species

Section 2.1: Assessing Potential for a Commercial Sugarbush

Section 2.2: Point Sample

Section 2.3: Estimating Taps

Section 3.1: Sugarbush Management Basics

Section 3.2: Working with Foresters

Section 3.3: Forest Stand Improvement

Section 3.4: Thinning for Syrup Production

Section 3.5: Logging

Section 4.1: Noting Signs of Tree Stress

Section 4.2: Pest Insects

Section 4.3: Fungal Diseases

Section 4.4: Invasive Plants and Competitive Vegetation Management

Section 4.5: Forest Herbicide Quick Reference

Section 5.1: Control of American Beech

Section 5.2: Assessing the Success of Hardwood Regeneration

Section 6.1: Correcting Wildlife Issues (wildlife management)

Section 6.2: Encouraging Wildlife Diversity (habitat enhancement)

Section 6.3: Bird Friendly Maple

Section 7.1: Understanding Soils

Section 7.2: Access, Roads, and Water Management


The following guidebook, New York State Forestry Voluntary Best Management Practices for Water Quality, contains vital information on preserving water quality and limiting soil erosion by managing forest roads used to access timber harvests. Many of these practices can also be applied to road building for maple operations' sugarbush access roads.


Section 8.1: Property Lines


The DEC website contains loads of useful information for landowners, including this guide for Posting Your Land:


Section 8.2: Leases


Additional Sugarbush Management Resources

Sugarbush site potential assessment and tap count

2012 Sugarbush Evaluation

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