Sappers getting bad rap for tapping Mass. cemetery trees for syrupBy AP
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tapping of Mass. cemetery maple trees gets bad rap
LANCASTER, Mass. — Maple syrup producers are under fire for tapping maple trees in Central Massachusetts cemeteries. The Worcester Telegram reports Monday that at least two cemeteries in Lancaster and one in Petersham have sap buckets on trees that stand along side rows of tombstones. Athol Public Works Director Douglas Walsh said a recent investigation of tapped trees in Chestnut Hill Road Cemetery found that the culprits were neighborhood kids.
In Lancaster’s Old Settlers and Eastwood cemeteries, the Lancaster Cub Scout Pack 9 tapped trees as part of a project after receiving permission.
But Lancaster selectmen said they didn’t know cemetery trees would be tapped and they received several calls about it.
Walsh said tapping trees along roads is normal, but in cemeteries it’s “a little tacky.”
Information from: Telegram & Gazette, www.telegram.com