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Uihlein Research Forest
157 Bear Cub Lane
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: 518-523-9337

The activities conducted at the Uihlein Research Forest form the core of the Cornell Sugar Maple Program. The forest is located near Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. It is administered by the Department of Natural Resources, which is part of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. The Uihlein Research Forest was established in 1965 with the aid of generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Uihlein II of Lake Placid, New York.

The Uihlein’s 200+ acres of forest provide an outdoor laboratory for the study of forest management and health. Its greenhouse and orchards are at the heart of a northeast regional research initiative to identify and cultivate genetically improved maple stock. And its state-of-the-art vacuum tubing and processing equipment enable researchers to develop improved techniques for sap collection and syrup processing. Results of the research projects are shared with maple producers and scientists through papers in professional journals and farmer magazines, trainings, and presentations at the forest and throughout New York State, and the Cornell Sugar Maple Website. The Uihlein’s sugar bush of approximately 4,000 taps, which has shown increasing annual production, is used to demonstrate the merits of new technology and proper forest stewardship to visiting maple producers and landowners. Proceeds from the sales of Uihlein maple products help support the research and extension efforts. 

Should you be interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please go to and note that your gift is for the Cornell Uihlein Sugar Maple Field Station.

Tours for the General Public

Tours of the Uihlein facility are available anytime of the year. We can accommodate numbers ranging from small families to larger bus tours or groups attending conventions in the Lake Placid area.

The best time to observe our production of maple syrup and related research is from late February to early April. However, because syrup production is highly weather dependent, tours of the actual production operations are not available every day.

If you are interested in touring the Uihlein Research Forest, call ahead to determine staff availability and plans, 518-523-9337.


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