State officials will tour Wild Center, talk maple syrup

TUPPER LAKE – New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales and Deputy Secretary Dede Scozafava will visit The Wild Center Wednesday at 2 p.m. to focus on a grant for maple syrup production.

The Wild Center and the Paul Smith’s College VIC received the $158,120 grant earlier this year from the Northern Border Regional Commission and used it to provide hands-on training and community workshops to the community to create and maintain energy-efficient maple sugaring demonstration sites, which are open to the public. The idea is that producing maple syrup helps with resource conservation and economic development.

The Wild Center also expanded its Community Maple Project, drawing a record 56 households and 12 L.P. Quinn Elementary school classes this year. Collectors drew 5,635.8 gallons of maple sap from more than 540 taps around Tupper Lake, resulting in 121 gallons of pure maple syrup.

The grant also supported a number of other maple workshops and events throughout the Adirondacks.