Jon Spink, Rayonier's northeast resource unit leader, says, "We see promising opportunities to work with regional producers to make good use of the maple trees on Rayonier land in Northern New York. To that end, we are opening discussions with potential maple production partners."
Farrell says a number of smaller landowners and maple producers elsewhere in the region have reached partnership agreements.
New Online Evaluation Tool Helps Maple Tree Owners Evaluate Best Use
Farrell is continuing his "Get Involved with Maple" campaign in NNY and, with funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute, is expanding the effort statewide. He has also developed a Net Present Value calculator tool that allows landowners to evaluate the option to lease trees for syrup production vs. managing their trees for sawtimber production. This tool is found online at http://www.nnyagdev.org/_maple.htm.
The results of Farrell's survey of maple producers and landowners about their interest in getting involved with maple production is online in the Maple section of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at http://www.nnyagdev.org/_maple.htm, see Research Reports: Increasing NNY Maple Production through Effective Producer-Landowner Collaboration (2008-2009).
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program receives funding from the New York State Legislature through the leadership of Senate and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairs Darrel J. Aubertine and William Magee respectively and with the long-term support of Senator Elizabeth "Betty" Little.