Birch sap will soon be running as the weather warms up in Mat-Su.
Gerald Keene is getting his sap lines in shape north of Wasilla at his 4 Trees Birch Syrup property. Keene tapped 635 birch trees last year and collected 2,000 gallons of sap. That was boiled down to 20 gallons of syrup by Kahiltna Birchworks in Talkeetna.
Keene is adding 25 trees for this year's harvest.
Gravity pulls the syrup to the bottom of his sloping property between the Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad tracks, where it flows into tanks. It is then pumped up the hill to more tanks and hauled to Talkeetna each day for processing.