Maine targets illegal maple-tree taps because they harm lumber trees
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, March 22, 2013
Maine Forest Ranger Thomas Liba, who was in town investigating two sap thefts, said most landowners are not concerned about the stolen sap, but rather the damage done to their trees.
“Their business is to grow trees and tapping the trees creates a wound that creates a stain,” Liba said. “The value of that first log [is ruined]. There is a lot money in that first log.”
That's why you flip through newspapers (using the word "flip" loosely - it was online in this case) - because you learn interesting stuff like that!
Check out the article in Bangor Daily News.