Maple syrup

{span}In this photo from early October, Bracken Henderson sets up rubber tubing to collect maple syrup in the hills near Oxford in Southeast Idaho.{/span}

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On a steep hillside beneath a canopy of scarlet leaves, University of Idaho Extension educator Bracken Henderson, Franklin County, searched for the perfect copse of bigtooth maples.

About 25 yards uphill, his collaborators – Paul Harris, a research technician with Utah State University’s Center for Water-Efficient Landscaping, and USU plant sciences graduate student Jesse Mathews – evaluated trunk circumferences within another grove.

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