In the late Spring, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) toured Black Acres Farm, a maple syrup production facility in Wilton, Maine owned and operated by State Rep. Russell Black (R-Wilton).

“Republicans tend not to be as concerned with climate change as is the other side of the aisle,” Black said during the tour. “I’m outspoken about it and Senator Collins is outspoken about it.”

“We’re seeing the impact of climate change on so much of our economy, whether it’s fishing or forestry or maple syrup producers,” noted Collins, a longtime supporter of climate action.

“I want to take care and be a good steward of what I’ve been given and I want to leave the land, soil and water in better shape than what I found it,” Black said.

University of Massachusetts scientists are researching the impacts climate change will have on maple sugar production in the northeast.