N.B. boosts funding for sugar bush stands

Maple syrup producers in New Brunswick will get a raise this year in the provincial funding available for thinning and spacing work on sugar bush stands.

The province’s natural resources department on Monday pledged $350,000 this year for removal of unhealthy trees, which allows sugar bush stands to grow more quickly, producing higher-quality trees.

That’s up from $300,000 per year for the past two years, Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles said in the province’s release.

The New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association had requested the extra funding, he said, adding the work is expected to help create jobs for “thinners” now and boost maple syrup production over the long term.

New Brunswick ranks among the three largest producers of maple syrup products in the world. About 300 operations produce 1.8 million kilograms of syrup each year, employing over 2,000 seasonal workers. The syrup and value-added products are sold locally, nationwide and in over 60 countries, the province said.

Funding for the silviculture work will flow through the Total Development Fund, administered by the province’s Regional Development Corporation.

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