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Maple Syrup Taps, 1997-2012

This graph shows how many maple taps were driven in for each state. New York State and Vermont are the nation's biggest maple producers, but there are several other states that have smaller numbers of trees tapped. This is a consolidation of county level data, those counties with only one farm reporting maple production, were not included in the survey results, which depresses tap counts in states that are marginal maple producers.

Data Source: USDA Agriculture Census, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012. Maple Taps. Counts. https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/

Skunk Fur, Why Have We Forsaken You?

"It’s durable, warm, glamorous and striking. And it comes from an animal that is abundant in the wild, easy to trap, and easy to farm. In short, all the right boxes are checked for a great fur. It was also once the height of fashion. Yet today it’s rarely seen in stores, and a pelt sells for the price of a coffee. This is the conundrum that is skunk fur. Are the fur trade and consumers turning their noses up for no good reason?"

Hunter Uses Wheelchair to Drag Elk

"Nothing slows down Ashlee Lundvall. A member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, she suffered a paralyzing ranching accident at age 16 but that doesn’t keep her from doing what she loves. For example, take her most recent elk hunt. “Our persistence paid off- finally got the job done this morning! So incredibly thankful for this harvest and the meals it will provide for my family,” she wrote on her Facebook page on December 13. “So proud to be a hunter!”"