Ann Arbor wants residents to stop knocking on their trees for maple syrup

One Michigan city has a message to its residents: There is nothing sweet about knocking publicly owned trees for maple sap.

Ann Arbor takes great pride in its green surroundings.

When the weather warms up, Ann Arbor warns people not to bump into trees in parks or on streets.

Spokesman Robert Kellar says the city will remove tree-attached equipment.

Kellar says that tapping the maple trees makes them susceptible to disease and insects. It’s okay for an Ann Arbor resident to knock on a maple tree on their own property.

The university city is very proud of its green surroundings.

Ann Arbor says that having a 16-inch diameter sugar maple in a home provides $ 149 in benefits every year, particularly in energy savings.

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