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About Cornell Maple Program


All About the Cornell Maple Program (CMP)

Our Mission

Pure maple syrup is a traditional natural product unique to North America. The Cornell Sugar Maple Program exists to improve the production and use of maple products by working with producers, consumers, and others interested in this fascinating local product. This website supports that goal by providing:

  • Maple syrup production information for the general public, syrup producers of all skill levels and educators
  • Information on maple activities including workshops and conferences
  • Information on extension and research projects
  • This section includes articles that were either written by, or that feature the Cornell Maple Program, published in various Maple and other news outlets.


    Keep up to date with Cornell Maple Program's Research and Extension Activities:

    The Arnot Forest has its own website:


    On this website you can find more information about the history of research at the forest, and all public use activities including hunting and appropriate permitting.


    We encourage public use, within operating hours. All users are expected to adhere to the following rules and guidelines. Small game and deer hunting is permitted on an annual permit approval. Day activities such as picnicking, hiking, skiing, bicycling, fishing (restricted in some areas), and nature study are welcomed year-round.


    Opening Hours:

    The forest is open to vehicles from 9:00am to dusk from mid-May to mid-December.
    (exceptions: Forest gates open at daybreak during the hunting season. North gate will be closed for all of archery and firearms deer seasons.)


    General Use Rules and Restrictions

    The following are not permitted:

  • Fires
  • Overnight camping
  • Off-road vehicles or snowmobiles
  • Unauthorized plant or animal collecting
  • Entry into Posted, Restricted, or Research areas
  • Wood cutting or removal (by contract only)
  • Trapping
  • Target practice
  • Tree stands or steps that pierce tree bark

    Pets are to be kept under your direct control at all times.

    The forest is closed during hours of darkness. At each gate be sure to note the time when the gates will be locked.

    Hunting is allowed by Special Use Permit only. Holders of a Cornell University Hunting Permit must also have applicable New York State licenses, permits, and stamps. All NYS Department of Environmental Conservation laws and Arnot Hunting Rules and Regulations, are applicable and will be obeyed.

    Do not block access roads or gates.

    The picnic tables and trash cans are for public use. Help us keep the forest clean and attractive -please do not litter- use trash cans or carry out whatever you bring in.

    Please exercise courtesy for others (people cutting wood and using the Arnot for other recreational purposes) and common sense when using the forest.

    Follow the links below to access information about:

  • the research being done at the Uihlein Maple Research Forest in Lake Placid, a sister study site to the Arnot Forest
  • Birch syrup – how to collect birch sap and process it into syrup, Uihlein research on alternative saps and syrups, recipes, and more
  • Cornell Maple Program personnel including those associated with the Uihlein Forest
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