How can you tell if it’s a Maple tree in the winter when there are no leaves? In the Catskills or Hudson Valley, there are a few ways to identify them. Look at the branches. If they come out at the exact same height, but on opposite sides of the tree (opposite branching), it’s likely a Maple. Then look at the bark. A diamond like pattern (see photo) means it’s an Ash, not a Maple. Then look at the leaf buds. If they’re red, it might be a red maple.
We saw an area in the snow where some coyote had taken down a deer. Amber explained how important controlling the deer population is to maintaining diversity in the forest, since they tend to eat most saplings.
The holding tank stores the sap until it’s ready to be boiled in this wood-fueled evaporator.
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY 12725
Phone: (845) 985-2291