Maple producers continue to assess ice damage

Rose Willigar
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AMHERST - The full extent of damage to Cumberland County sugar woods remains unknown as producers continue to assess the destruction by this week's ice storm.

"A lot of the local producers haven't even made it to their sugar woods. The fallen trees and branches due to the ice build up is what most are dealing with today," said Dale MacIsaac of the Maple Producers Association of Nova Scotia.

"Those who have made it to their sugar woods are still assessing damage to tubing systems and trees," MacIsaac said.

"It was a wicked ice storm, but really too early to tell the extent of damage in the Cumberland County area," MacIsaac said.

One local producer, Stan Thompson, owner of Thompson Maple Products in Fenwick, said he had just finished 3,000 taps in his 27-acre sugar woods.

"I noticed some damage when I was back today, but it's when the ice begins to melt taking with it broken limbs that are hung up in the trees that concerns me," he said.

Thompson added the extent of the damage he's seen in his sugar woods would take him a couple of days to repair.

Another local maple producer, Dickinson Bros in West Brook, have not yet begun to tap their trees but are hoping the ice didn't damage the trees.

"They went back to the sugar woods today to clear the roadway, they've been gone all day and it's only one kilometre to the sugar woods," said Karen Dickinson, co-owner of the operation.

MacIsaac added that he was hopeful that the weather will warm up by the end of the week melting the ice with minimal damage to trees and lines.

Organizations: Maple Producers Association of Nova Scotia, Thompson Maple Products, Dickinson Bros

Geographic location: Cumberland County, AMHERST, Fenwick West Brook

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