skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, June 21, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Expert warns of upcoming threats to democracy across the nation; Judge in Trump documents case rejects suggestions to step aside; NC businesses fear effects of 'bathroom bill'; Report says restaurants allow abuse, disease risk at MD animal farms.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town, prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands and a Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival.

NH Researchers Study Alternative Syrups to Build Forest Climate Resiliency

play audio
Play

Wednesday, April 5, 2023   

New England is well known for its maple syrup production but new research shows alternative tree syrups could also benefit both the economy and overall health of New Hampshire's forests.

Beech and birch trees, which are in abundance across the state, contain sap with a much lower sugar concentration than maple, yet the trees' novelty syrups can fetch four or five times the price of maple syrup.

David Moore, a long-time syrup producer and graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, said the number of alternative syrup producers is already increasing in response to consumer demand.

"This region is very ripe for some alternative syrup production just because all the expertise, the equipment, the infrastructure is here," Moore outlined.

Birch syrup in particular is well established in Canada and Alaska, but there are only a handful of producers across New England. Moore and fellow researchers are studying not only the chemical composition and best processing techniques of alternative syrups but their potential market in the U.S.

Moore pointed out the syrup industry's reliance on a monoculture of sugar maple trees increases its risk of damage from extreme weather events and invasive species; two growing problems related to climate change.

Moore argued a diverse sugarbush -- or forest tapped for sap -- would increase the forest's resilience to changes in both the environment and economy.

"Maybe if you have a poor maple year maybe it won't be a poor birch year as well," Moore noted.

Scientists believe the maple syrup industry in most of New England is likely to drop by half by the end of this century due to changes in the climate, disrupting an industry which supports thousands of producers and provides vital income to local farmers and indigenous communities.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The 2024 Summer U.S. Conference of Mayors in Kansas City, Mo., will be under the leadership of its president, Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nev., and host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
(SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Some Michigan mayors are out of the office this week - but still working for their cities. They're at the 92nd meeting of the United States …


Social Issues

play sound

Summer is here, but some Wisconsin households juggling higher consumer costs and other basic needs might feel like a vacation is out of reach…

Social Issues

play sound

An interim North Dakota legislative committee this week got an update from state leaders on potential moves to reconnect kids in foster care with thei…


Social Issues

play sound

More employers are offering benefits to adoptive parents, according to a new survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The amount of paid …

About a quarter of Americans hold unfavorable views of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. (Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently dismissed a case brought by Republican Arizona attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh, Republican Cochise …

Social Issues

play sound

North Carolina's business community is alarmed after Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson praised the controversial House Bill 2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," at …

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the group Radical Elders are participating in a Chicago tech conference this weekend to explain the impact of technology on older Americans…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021