The future of maple syrup hangs in the balance

The future of maple syrup hangs in the balance


Maple producers of Quebec (PPAQ) urge the government to take action to protect maple, a pride of Quebec whose future remains uncertain. 

According to the group, it is essential to establish the winning conditions for the growth of maple syrup production. “What we are asking is to protect [maple] and set aside 200,000 hectares of public forests for sustainable activities that can coexist, such as maple syrup, in order to ensure its future for the next 50 years. less”, declared Luc Goulet, president of the PPAQ.

“If the government decides to maintain its target of only 24,000 hectares, it will choose to sacrifice maple trees in favor of cuts by the industry forest. This will jeopardize the development of an industry that is dear to Quebecers,” he added, worried. among other things, a change “in the use of diameter cuts of financial maturity, which encourages foresters to cut mature maples”, can we read in a press release published Thursday.

“Like this arises, maple will become scarce for maple syrup production. This will have consequences not only for the development of the maple syrup industry, but also for all those who use the public forest,” lamented the president of the group.

The PPAQ invite citizens to join a consultation of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, on July 26, to defend the future of maple syrup.