Description As we look deep within the essence of a sugar maple, we see trees reaching endlessly skyward. The leaf reflects the viability of its source, the towering sugar maple tree. Its neighbors, the hemlock, beech, and birch trees, are part of the dense canopy that shades sugar maple seedlings, nurturing the young trees' growth. In boreal forests, populations of sugar maple have declined due to acid rain. This pollution not only impacts our natural areas, but also local economies that depend on the production of maple sugar and wood products. As we think about our natural and human communities, let's ensure the health of our forests. Precipitation should nurture our soils and trees, just like the gorgeous fall colors nurture our senses.