I am working on a lease to set up a sugarbush. The forest landowner has suggested a five-year lease. Is this a good idea for a maple sugarbush lease?
Most sugarbush leases should run ~15 years in order to provide sufficient time for the maple operator to pay off the tubing system investment and get the full lifespan out of the tubing system. A shorter lease term like 5-10 years should include some form of investment sharing or payout clause between the forest owner and the maple operator to accommodate for the value of the installed sap collection systems.