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Sugar Maple Research & Extension


Peter Smallidge

NYS Extension Forester
Arnot Teaching and Research Forest Director

PhD. State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry
M.S. State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry
B.S. Purdue University



Peter Smallidge’s overall goal is to integrate extension and research in support of productive and healthy forest ecosystems in New York and the Northeast. His research and extension activities focus on forest management impacts on landscape quality, forest regeneration and its limitations imposed through high-grading, and healthy and productive sugarbushes.


Adam Wild

Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Director of the Uihlein Maple Research Forest
Northern New York Maple Specialist

M.S. Forest Ecology and Natural Resource Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
B.T. Landscape Contracting/Plant Science, SUNY Cobleskill


Adam Wild is the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Director of the Uihlein Maple Research Forest in Lake Placid NY and a New York Maple Specialist providing support to maple producers in Norther New York and across the state. Adam has research interest in sugarbush management, production efficiency, forest health, sap collection and processing, quality of maple products, and syrup from other tree species.


Aaron Wightman

Maple Specialist
Extension Associate

M.F. Forestry, Virginia Tech
B.A. Biology, Cornell University



Aaron conducts research  in all aspects of maple production, marketing and forest management. He also supports the operation of the 7,000 tap research sugarbush at the Arnot Forest, and participates in extension and educational programs. Aaron’s research interests include improved sap handling processes, maple-based nutritional supplements, sugarbush silviculture, and the development of maple beer, wine and distilled spirits.


Keith Otto

Maple Technician

Paul Smith’s College graduate



Keith Otto is the maple technician at the Uihlein Maple Research Forest. He began this role in 2017 after having worked seasonally for the forest in prior years. Keith has over five years of experience with all aspects of maple syrup production, from the tree to value added processing. He also has an extensive background in the brewing industry, having worked for multiple breweries around New York State. Keith teaches the craft brewing course at Paul Smith’s College in addition to his work at the Uihlein Maple Research Forest.


Ailis Clyne

Maple Technician

B.S. Environmental Science and Sustainability, Cornell University



Ailis joined the Arnot Forest research team in 2018. Her research interests include forest regeneration and maple-based ecology, as well as all things value-added. She works on maple-based fermentation, and has been producing recipes for kombucha, vinegar, and wine. She is interested in developing a range of other value-added products, from cosmetics to new confections. Additionally, she develops educational materials in text and video format, and makes improvements to existing media, including the Cornell Maple Program Website.

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