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Bigleaf Maple Syrup Production in the Coastal Northwest

Project Description:  

Maple syrup production is a form of forest farming that is popular in the eastern U.S. and Canada.  A study led by the University of Washington is examining the viability of a commercial maple syrup industry in Washington and Oregon using the native bigleaf maple.  This requires adapting practices designed for an eastern climate to that of the coastal northwest.  As our understanding of best practices evolves, WSU Extension's role is to deliver that information to farm and forest owners in the region through webinars, workshops, videos, and publications, as well as continue to evolve the research through a community science initiative.  

This project is funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service ACER Grant.

Contact:

Patrick Shults

patrick.shults@wsu.edu