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Extreme Winter Impacts Region Sap

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The extreme winter is even having an impact on sap. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe says Maple Sugar Time at the National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm this past weekend was pretty much “frozen out”.  It was too cold for the sap to be running, Rowe said, and it was also too cold for very many visitors to come out.  "Normally we'd get around a-thousand people a day, somewhere in that range, depending on the weather," Rowe said, but about 170 people came out Saturday, and only forty braved the elements on Sunday.  Rowe says sap could start flowing in time for the second half of maple sugar time this weekend if the forecast holds for milder weather this week.  Either way, the program, which is also very much about the history of tapping maple syrup in this region, will be held March 8th and 9th. Visitors can sample treats.   For more info on the program click here: http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/maple-sugar-time.htm
Hear more of our interview with Bruce Rowe about the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Maple Sugar Time at News Audio on Demand here at our website.
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