Please join us at 7:00 PM, Thursday January 13th to learn from OSU Extension’s Aaron Wilson about how weather, climate, and maples interrelate. His talk has immediate implications for this current year’s sap run and a long ways into the future. Those of you that have heard Aaron speak before know that it is a real treat to learn from his expertise. Register here at the Woodland Stewards website.
Dr. Aaron Wilson is an Atmospheric Research Scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and Climate Specialist with a joint appointment in OSU Extension. He will shed some light on how the coming maple season may turn out. Dr. Wilson’s presentation will include the 2022 short-term forecast as well as how our changing climate may alter maple production in the future. Future climate projections pose significant challenges to the future of maple production across southern maple producing zones. Planning for the future and considering how best to meet those challenges is crucial for sustained maple production in the long-term.
Synopsis: From increasing winter and spring temperatures to extreme weather events, climate change poses a risk to the maple syrup production community. These changes alter short-term conditions like quality and quantity of sap, while long-term changes in climate are having impacts on the health of trees, roots, and shifting areas where production is viable. Projections of future climate pose significant challenges to the future of maple production across southern zones. How might the community plan for and mitigate these impacts? Join us as we explore the influence of weather and climate change on the maple industry and discuss the implications for the future.