Some of the Many People Who Make New Leaf Tree Syrups Possible


Michael first learned about the wonders of maple syrup during a college field trip while obtaining his masters degree in forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. He then started tapping trees on his childhood property and soon after went on to serve for 13 years as the Director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest, a maple syrup research and extension field station in Lake Placid, N.Y. Michael focused his efforts on the sustainable development of the maple syrup industry, assisted thousands of sugarmakers with their own operations, and conducted a great deal of research and education on the potential for tapping other species beyond maple.


There is a saying that the best fertilizer for a piece of land is the landowner’s footprints. We are fortunate to have Kirklyn Denis walking our forested lands every day to ensure our management activities are being executed in the most efficient and environmentally friendly manner as possible. Kirklyn grew up working and playing in the Adirondack forests near Tupper Lake, N.Y., and went to nearby Paul Smiths College to pursue his degree in forestry.


With over 500 miles of food-grade tubing strung among our trees, over the rivers, and through the woods, we are very fortunate to have Bill Louis managing our N.Y. operations.

A plumber by trade, Bill has taken a lifetime of experience with plumbing and irrigation to oversee one of the largest tree sap plumbing operations in the world. Bill grew up in the same small town where he now gets to spend each and every day engaged in work he loves.