Publicly owned maple is not for syrup, says Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, me. – A Michigan city has a message for its residents: There is nothing sweet about knocking public trees for maple sap.

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

“If we find this device, the staff will remove it,” city spokesman Robert Kellar told

It’s okay for an Ann Arbor resident to knock on a maple tree on their own property, the city said.

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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