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Moonlighting in Vermont
Photograph by Peter Essick

John Shane, chair of the forestry program at the University of Vermont, taps a sugar maple on his farm near Waterbury to collect the sap for making maple syrup. The trees, tapped in early spring, need subfreezing nights and above-freezing days for good sap flow, according to Shane's wife, Mary Lou, who has helped run the sideline business for 20 years. "This was our best year in nearly a decade," she says, "but our three worst years have occurred since 1999." Warmer spring temperatures could be to blame. A projected 4°F (2°C) temperature rise in Vermont over the next century could cause maple sap to run earlier, faster, reducing the length of the sugaring season and profits from the 15-million-dollar industry. Eventually, Vermont's maple-dominated hardwood forests could give way to oaks and conifers that can better stand the heat.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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