Survey Introduction

Dear Maple Stakeholder:

Greetings! We are a team of researchers examining maple syrup producer responses to climate and market variability. Our ACERnet team is interested in understanding how maple syrup producers would respond to potential climate and market scenarios. Specifically, we are interested in understanding how you may change your practices in managing maple stands, collecting maple sap, processing maple sap, and marketing maple sap.

We are carrying out surveys with maple syrup producers across North America. If you choose to participate in this survey, you will be presented with 10 scenario questions. Please note that the completion of this survey is anonymous and voluntary and that you can skip a question any time you want. It is expected that this survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

We are offering the first 50 participants who complete the majority of survey a $10 gift card from Amazon® as a token of our appreciation for your participation in the survey. In order to receive the $10 gift card, participants must complete at least 8 of the 10 survey questions by June 30th 2017.

Survey responses will be combined and general response trends will be anonymously reported through publications for the maple syrup, extension, natural resource management, and research communities. We believe that the findings from this survey will allow us to better understand the responses of maple producers to climate and market variability towards identifying effective strategies to deal with changes. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our research team.

We are grateful for your participation in this survey and for sharing your time, experience, expertise, and thoughts.To learn more about our work, please visit our website:
This survey has been approved by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Institutional Review Board (UMass Amherst IRB). You may contact the UMass Amherst IRB with any questions: (413) 545-3428


Selena Ahmed:
David Lutz;
Joshua Rapp;
Ryan Huish;
Autumn Brunelle;
Kristina Stinson;

* 1. Do you agree to participate in our study by taking this survey?

You are being asked to voluntarily participate in a survey with 3 background questions and 10 scenario questions. It is expected that this survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. This is an anonymous survey. You are not asked to provide your name except for your mailing address if you would like to receive an Amazon gift card (if you are among the first 50 respondents).

* 2. If you would like to receive a $10 gift card from Amazon® (if you are among the first 50 survey respondents), please input your email and mailing address here.