Maple Funding for The Wild Center / Freight


Senators Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand, Along with Congressman Owens Announce NBRC Funding for TheWildCenter-PaulSmithsCollegeMaple Project..

Senator Schumer says “The NBRC funding is a sweet success for the Northern New York Maple project..” and he says “The Wild Center, with partners at Paul Smiths College and Cornell, stands ready and able to unleash the untapped potential of our maple syrup industry, and this investment would help them do just that.”TheWildCenterreceives $158,120 to help implement its Northern New York Maple project. Our neighbors to the north, the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena will receive $123,500 to construct a rail spur on the existing CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision. Both grants are intended to promote economic development in theNorth Country.


The Senator also says “The CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision train extension will become a model for clean and efficient industrial parks while laying the foundation to sustain and create infrastructure and energy production jobs.”

Owens says “This is a perfect example of putting the unique assets and characteristics of the region to good use for job creation and economic development,”


Stephanie Ratcliffe is Executive Director for The Wild Center, she says  “They’re thrilled to have received support from The Northern Border Regional Commission for their project.” and she says “This project really builds on the region’s natural assets. It promotes sustainable economic development through a region-wide encouragement of micro enterprises. Tourists want authentic experiences when they visit the northern forest area. The maple industry here has a rich and long tradition that this project will help highlight. This is truly sweet news!”


Funding for The Wild Center will be matched for a total project cost of $258,656.  TheWildCenterhas partnered with Paul Smith’sCollegeVisitorInterpretativeCenteron the project, which will help train local maple producer, create maple sugaring demonstration sites and promote further growth in the industry.  NBRC estimates the project will create 40 jobs in the region.


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