New York Maple Producers Recognized as Bird-Friendly

New York Audubon announced that six New York maple producers have become the first to receive bird-friendly recognition for managing their sugarbushes in ways that provide more resilient bird habitat. These sugarbushes feature young trees and bushes that provide cover, snags that provide nesting sites, and downed trees and woody material on the forest floor. “We believe the Bird-Friendly Maple recognition can be effective in differentiating what we make here in a crowded marketplace of maple syrup. Our hope is to spark interest with customers who understand the values of healthy habitats for birds and other wildlife, and who understand that managing the forest to be more resilient leads to a more premium product,” said Mary Jeanne Packer, national sales manager at Mapleland Farms, one of the maple producers recognized.