Kahiltna Birchworks began soon after Dulce and Michael met in 1988 when they were both working as field technicians for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In 1980, Michael had staked a remote homestead in Alaska’s Susitna Valley, and it soon lured the couple to a new life at Quiet Lake, 30 miles off Alaska’s road system.
In 1990 they harvested the sap from 200 birch trees near their cabin, and they had their first child. Thus began the first birch sugarbush and a great Alaskan adventure. They raised their two daughters on the homestead, lived off the land, and gradually grew their business and an Alaskan industry.