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Aaron Wightman

Extension Associate

My professional goal is to improve the production and use of maple products through innovations in sustainable forest management, sap collection, storage, processing and the development of new value-added products.  Research interests include improved sap filtration, controlling the impacts of microbial activity on product quality, integrating sugarbush silviculture and wildlife habitat management strategies, maple-based nutritional supplements and the development of maple beer, wine and distilled spirits.  My extension and outreach efforts focus on delivering relevant research and technical expertise to maple producers ranging from small hobby producers to large commercial operations.

I also oversee operations at the Arnot Research Sugarbush in the 4,200 acre Arnot Teaching and Research Forest in Van Etten, NY.  This 6,000 tap maple operation serves as the primary research and education resource for the Cornell Maple Program.