Maple syrup production isn’t just for the upper east coast!
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences assistant professor Indroneil Ganguly proved this when he recently received nearly $500,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study maple syrup production from big leaf maple trees in the Riparian Zones of Washington’s forests.
Most people don’t realize that maple syrup can be produced from the bigleaf maple trees located on the west coast. Ganguly’s project aims to determine the best practices to facilitate the development of a commercial maple syrup industry in the Pacific Northwest. Maple syrup hobbyists are well aware of this, but this study will look at whether farmers and forest landowners could benefit from large-scale maple syrup production in the Pacific Northwest.
This is one of the largest research awards SEFS has received in 2019.