MDC to present seminar on tapping maple trees for syrup in Columbia Jan. 19

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with the Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) and Columbia’s Tree Task Force, will host an educational presentation on how to tap backyard maple trees for syrup. 

“Missouri is a great place to tap sugar maples for maple syrup,” said MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig, “and as temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, this is the season to do it. Making maple syrup is easy, cheap, all-natural, and super tasty.”  

Koenig will kick off the session by helping participants learn how to identify sugar maple trees. University of Missouri Professor Mike Stambaugh will then provide information on how to tap maple trees and make syrup.

The seminar will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Heidelberg banquet room, 410 S. Ninth St. in Columbia.  Participants are welcome to order food and drink at the Heidelberg during the event.  Registration costs $10 and space is limited to the first 30 people who register.  All registration fees benefit the non-profit MCFC. To register, visit

 This seminar is the latest installment in the MidMo Taproot Series, in which subject-matter experts offer insight about a variety of tree-related topics.  These sessions present great opportunities to meet local certified arborists who are passionate about helping people discover the many benefits of trees.