S 691

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 691

To support State and tribal government efforts to promote research and education related to maple syrup production, natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry, market promotion of maple products, and greater access to lands containing maple trees for maple-sugaring activities, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 30, 2011

Mr. SCHUMER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

To support State and tribal government efforts to promote research and education related to maple syrup production, natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry, market promotion of maple products, and greater access to lands containing maple trees for maple-sugaring activities, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Maple Tapping Access Program Act'.

SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR STATE AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO PROMOTE DOMESTIC MAPLE SYRUP INDUSTRY.

    (a) Grants Authorized; Authorized Activities- The Secretary of Agriculture may make grants to States and tribal governments to support their efforts to promote the domestic maple syrup industry through the following activities:

      (1) Promotion of research and education related to maple syrup production.

      (2) Promotion of natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry.

      (3) Market promotion for maple syrup and maple-sap products.

      (4) Encouragement of owners and operators of privately held land containing species of tree in the genus Acer--

        (A) to initiate or expand maple-sugaring activities on the land; or

        (B) to voluntarily make the land available, including by lease or other means, for access by the public for maple-sugaring activities.

    (b) Applications- In submitting an application for a grant under this section, a State or tribal government shall include--

      (1) a description of the activities to be supported using the grant funds;

      (2) a description of the benefits that the State or tribal government intends to achieve as a result of engaging in such activities; and

      (3) an estimate of the increase in maple-sugaring activities or maple syrup production that the State or tribal government anticipates will occur as a result of engaging in such activities.

    (c) Relationship to Other Laws- Nothing in this section preempts a State or tribal government law, including any State or tribal government liability law.

    (d) Definition of Maple Sugaring- In this section, the term `maple-sugaring' means the collection of sap from any species of tree in the genus Acer for the purpose of boiling to produce food.

    (e) Regulations- The Secretary of Agriculture shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.

    (f) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2015.

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