Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

 

Whereas Massachusetts is one of ten major maple producing states in the United States; and

Whereas Maple sugaring is the first sign of the state’s annual agricultural awakening; and 

Whereas Maple farmers help to maintain thousands of acres of open working space across the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Maple production was at 62,000 gallons in 2011, which was the most difficult year for maple production in decades; and

Whereas Massachusetts Maple farmers produced 40,000 gallons of maple syrup during the 2012 season which lasted only 24 days; and

Whereas Approximately 60,000 tourists spend over $1.9 million during the sugaring season at maple farms as well as restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, country inns, and other attractions in farm communities; and

Whereas It is appropriate for the citizens of Massachusetts to recognize the continued contribution of maple farmers who perpetuate a cherished New England tradition and who impact positively on our economy, environment and way of life,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 2013, to be

MAPLE MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty fifth day of February, in the year thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts