Non-Timber Products from your Forest

Federal Assistance for Biomass is Back

June 16, 2015

Release No. 0159.15 Contact: Isabel Benemelis (202)720-7809 USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy WASHINGTON, June 1, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes […]

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The Great Big Leaf Maple Syrup Experiment – update 2

April 26, 2014

We are forced to declare the Great Big Leaf Maple Experiment a bust for 2014. The maple trees are now fully leafed out and we did not gather a drop of sap.  Our failure analysis suggests three probable causes: 1.  We are in an epic drought and there just wasn’t enough sap to spare. 2.  We […]

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The Great Big Leaf Maple Syrup Experiment – update 1

February 19, 2014

When you are starting a feasibility experiment, you don’t want to go whole-hog.  The vendors that cater to the maple syrup crowd sort of assume you’re working at a serious production level.  We really didn’t need 100 spiles, for instance.  So where do you go when you don’t know where to go to shop for […]

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The Great Big Leaf Maple Syrup Experiment

January 13, 2014

I am an inveterate reader of just about anything that lands in front of me, and I stumble across the most interesting tidbits from the oddest sources.  This year, Anchor Brewing Company released their Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red Ale wherein I read that they used Bigleaf Maple sap in the brewing and also related […]

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