Thanks to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2019, Indroneil Ganguly, Associate Professor and Researcher, launched a project to study whether maple syrup could be produced on a large scale from from big leaf maple trees in the Riparian Zones of Washington’s forests. This was one of the largest research awards SEFS received that year.
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 is examining whether farmers and forest landowners could benefit from large-scale maple syrup production in the Pacific Northwest.
“We are on the cusp of a really, really big maple syrup industry in the Pacific Northwest,” Ganguly told UW News for a recent story.