R 163
2020 -- S 2729
Enacted 03/05/2020

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Elaine J. Morgan
Date Introduced: March 04, 2020

     WHEREAS, Maple syrup is a natural product that was discovered by Native Americans
when they figured out that the sap from maple trees could be turned into delicious syrup. Over
time, the process used to collect maple syrup has evolved, along with how it has been used by
people. For a period of time up to shortly after the end of the Civil War, maple syrup was
primarily used as a food sweetener, until it was replaced by cane sugar. Today, maple syrup is
used in a variety of popular foods, most notably pancakes, waffles, and baked beans, with its
culinary uses seemingly expanding every day; and
     WHEREAS, Only maple trees found in North America are capable of producing maple
syrup. Maple sugaring is often considered to be the first sign of the forthcoming agricultural
season in parts of the United States, particularly in New England. The processing of maple syrup
begins by drilling, or tapping, a hole into the sapwood of the tree and then inserting a metal spout
to allow the flow of the sap to be collected into a bucket. Once the sap is collected, it is taken to a
sugar house where it is processed. When tapping season ends, the spouts are removed and the tree
makes a full recovery; and
     WHEREAS, Maple syrup production is one of the most lucrative ways to make a living
in the forestry industry. Maple sugaring provides many labor intensive jobs and provides a natural
and much-in-demand product to be sold at markets, grocery stores, in specialty shops, on the
Internet, or directly by the farmers themselves. In addition, farmers can choose to rent a portion
of their land and allow, for a fee, others to collect, market, and sell the maple sugar themselves.
Maple sugar is a delicious and nutritious product enjoyed by millions of customers that is also an
indelible part of America's cultural history; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the Month of March to be "Maple Syrup Month" in the State of Rhode Island;
and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Thomas E. Buck, Principal, Rhode Island
Maple Syrup Producers Association.