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INSIDE ACF

MAPLE
SYRUP
A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
EDWARD F. STEIGERWALDT, ACF

Tapping trees begins in February.

T

urning a portion of my family's
tree farm into a maple syrup
operation had been a dream of
mine since I started acquiring
forestland early in my career. My wife,
Mary Lee, and I finally made that dream
a reality in the spring of 2001. Since that
time our hobby operation has grown and
changed, but one thing remains the same:
There is no better way to welcome spring
than making hand-crafted maple syrup
with family and friends.
Our maple tree farm is located on a
300-acre parcel of land just outside of
Tomahawk in north central Wisconsin.
The predominant forest types are northern hardwood and pine sawtimber. Maple
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trees are plentiful in a picturesque grove;
in fact, some of the same trees are growing from the time a previous landowner
tapped maple trees there about 70 years
prior. Relics of that old operation can still
be found in the woods. We chose that site
to build a small log cabin and an openair log sap shack, and production began.
Our operation is an old-fashioned traditional approach to syrup making. No
vacuum pumps to extract sap, plastic lines
or reverse osmosis to separate water from
sap. Yes, there are some high-tech procedures that can be used for sap collection
and syrup making. We like tradition.
We carefully select sugar maple and soft
maple trees for tapping. Trees are tapped

with 7/16th drill bits, metal spouts and
a battery-operated drill - a concession
to progress. Then we hang tapered aluminum pails from the spouts and attach
metal lids to keep out debris. Sap pails
are collected by hand and emptied into
5-gallon buckets. These are then carried to
and emptied into a 100-gallon stock tank
that is positioned on a small trailer pulled
behind a four-wheeler. (Unfortunately, we
have no horses or sleighs.)
Collected sap is then pumped from
the stock tank to a 140-gallon stainless storage tank. This tank is placed on
a six-foot high platform so the sap can
gravity-flow into the wood-fired evaporator pan located in our sap house. The fire
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2018

From the Executive Director End Notes
From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
Changes of Biblical Proportions
Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
Invasive Species 101
Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The History of Forestry in Ireland
The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - Intro
The Consultant - 2018 - cover1
The Consultant - 2018 - cover2
The Consultant - 2018 - 3
The Consultant - 2018 - 4
The Consultant - 2018 - 5
The Consultant - 2018 - From the Executive Director End Notes
The Consultant - 2018 - From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
The Consultant - 2018 - Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
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The Consultant - 2018 - 10
The Consultant - 2018 - 11
The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
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The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
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The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
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The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
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The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
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The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
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The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
The Consultant - 2018 - 39
The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
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The Consultant - 2018 - 42
The Consultant - 2018 - 43
The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
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The Consultant - 2018 - 46
The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
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The Consultant - 2018 - 50
The Consultant - 2018 - 51
The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
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The Consultant - 2018 - 55
The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
The Consultant - 2018 - 57
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The Consultant - 2018 - 59
The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Consultant - 2018 - 61
The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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The Consultant - 2018 - cover4
The Consultant - 2018 - outsert1
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