Massachusetts sugarmakers steward more than 13,000 acres of forest. CQP-certified maple producers follow the State of Massachusetts’ Forest Cutting Practices Act (M.G.L. CH. 132) when working in their sugarbush. These forest management practices prioritize:
- Conserving water
Preventing floods and soil erosion
Improving the conditions for wildlife and recreation
Protecting and improving air and water quality
Ensuring a continuous supply of forest products for public consumption, farm use, and the wood-using industries of the Commonwealth
Sugarmakers have the same desires as anybody who is concerned about our state’s forests - to have healthy, long-living trees. Trees are tapped using methods and protocols meant to ensure the long term health of the trees - some trees have been tapped for more than 100 years and continue to produce sap.