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Forum staff reports, Published February 03 2010

Maple syrup production coming to Maplewood

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – The public is invited to visit Maplewood State Park during the March-April maple syrup production season to see the first step toward establishing a dedicated modern sugar house and maple syrup demonstration/interpretive attraction for the park east of here on State Highway 108.

The project is a collaborative effort of the Friends of Maplewood State Park, the Minnesota Maple Syrup Producers Association, the Minnesota State Parks-Department of Natural Resources and local high school vocational/agriculture programs.

The primary objective this year is for park staff and volunteers to gain experience in the production of maple syrup. The future goal is to have a dedicated “sugar house” where a small commercial evaporator can be housed and the public can observe the operation firsthand.

The program will emphasize sustainable forest practices and food-grade processing equipment with the focus on teaching and demonstrating modern maple syrup production techniques, particularly for young people.

For more information, call (218) 863-8383 or visit www.mnmaple.org.