Keywords: Maple trees
Maine has some 17 million acres of forest land. But even on a smaller, more local scale, trees have been an important part of the landscape. In many communities, tree-lined commercial and residential streets are a dominant feature of photographs of the communities.
Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.
In 1846, in just three weeks, 2,000 elms and rock maple trees were planted throughout the village. A little over a century later, many of these trees…
… and as spring approached he tapped his maple trees and made maple sugar and syrup for his family.