Maple Silviculture Workshop in Ashfield June 28th

Maple Silviculture Workshop in Ashfield June 28th

Yale’s Forest School will be holding a Maple Silvicultural Workshop on Friday, June 28th at South Face Farm in Ashfield from 9 am to noon.

This workshop will introduce both new and experienced sugarmakers to management practices that can increase both sugar production and forest health in maple stands.

Tom McCrumm has managed South Face Farm as an 1,800-tap sugarbush for nearly 40 years. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to assess how different management approaches have shaped the forest trajectory over time.

First, Joseph Orefice and Yale Forests staff will teach attendees to assess the density and health of their maple stands to inform silvicultural decisions. They will then delve into silvicultural techniques for not only promoting sugar production, but also the health and diversity of the forest for years to come.

At the end of the session, attendees will have the opportunity to put into place what they have learned by participating in a hands-on management exercise. Participants will come away feeling confident and motivated to pursue silvicultural treatments in their own sugarbushes.

Attendees should dress appropriately for summer in New England. Comfortable, sturdy, closed-toed shoes should be worn, as we will be walking throughout the forest to different sites.

The workshop is freeof charge, but an RSVP is encouraged. Email to confirm you will attend. SAF CFEs will be available.