University of Vermont

Vermont Tourism Research Center

VTRC Research and Outreach: northern forest

Northern Forest Research:
Adaptability of Maple Producers to Climate Change

Sugaring.  Photo provided by Liberty Hill Farm.

Diane Kuehn, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Lisa Chase, University of Vermont

Goal: Develop strategies that help maple producers plan for and adapt to potential impacts from climate change in the Northern Forest region.

Outcomes and Products: The Northern Forest region of Vermont and New York is home to an estimated 1,200 commercial maple producers who rely on maple production as a source of income and as the basis for longstanding family and community traditions. Declines in maple production are projected due to climate change and its potential impacts on forest type and tree health and vigor. This study will result in strategies for maple producers that can be used to improve their adaptability to change, helping businesses transition over time and sustaining the maple syrup industry for as long as climatic conditions allow.

Funding for this project was provided in part by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative, a partnership of the Northern Forest states in coordination with the USDA Forest Service.

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