Arbor Day: Vermont
Vermont State Quarter
|Happy Arbor Day, Vermont!
Vermont celebrates its Arbor Day the first Friday of May, so Happy Arbor Day Vermont!
In 1949, Vermont selected the Sugar Maple as its state tree due to the large popularity of “sug’rin’“, the act of making maple syrup. Until cane sugar was introduced in the 1800’s, the U.S. got much of its sugar from Vermont and Sugar Maple Trees. In contemporary times, the state still produces its most famous crop. In 2006, Vermont led the nation in maple syrup production.
The fisherman in the show Deadliest Catch have to produce their yields under strict time constraints. Depending on the species of crab, the fishing seasons can be quite short– days even. The maple syrup industry also has to work within a small window of time, one determined by climate.
Sap production is a complex, temperature-sensitive process (Nalini Nadkarni explains it in detail in her book Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees). In order for sap to flow, the maple trees need the temperature to drop to below freezing at night, but get above 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. In 2006, when Vermont collected roughly 19,780,000 gallons of sap to make 460,000 gallons of maple syrup that window, the sap season, averaged 28 days long.
Because sap production is such a sensitive process, there is valid concern about the industry should temperatures continue to rise.