New York Senator Chuck Schumer was in West Chazy Monday urging New Yorkers to tap more trees.
While touring a sugar shack, Schumer said that about only about one-percent of the state's maple trees are being used to produce syrup. And in the North Country alone more than 70-million are going untapped every year.
Schumer wants to add $20-million a year to the new farm bill in grant money. It would be used to develop programs to encourage landowners to let sugar makers tap their maple trees.
New York ranks third behind Quebec and Vermont in maple production.