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Brad
10-11-2007, 06:25 AM
I get e-mails during the fall with fall color reports. here is the one that came in yesterday.

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October 10, 2007 Maine Foliage Report
Maine Department of Conservation
www.MaineFoliage.com

Maine foliage nearing peak in central, coastal locations

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s central river valley and coastal locations will be the places to view great fall foliage during the next seven days, according to the fifth foliage report released today by the state Department of Conservation.

Currently, forest rangers are reporting high leaf color, or 50 to 75 percent toward peak, in tracking Zone 3 covering central towns along the Kennebec River including Skowhegan, Waterville and Augusta. Leaf color is the same in Zone 4 east of Bangor. The Millinocket area is now showing its best colors in this tracking area.

Drives from Belgrade to Rome, and Windsor to Union in central Maine have colorful views. Along the coastline, the Phippsburg peninsula and St. George peninsula in Zone 1 are both displaying brilliant fall color.

Other current conditions:

Zones 1 and 2, covering all coastal locations, are now displaying high color with low, or less than 30 percent, leaf drop. The time is right for a drive on the Loop Road at Acadia National Park.

Zone 5 covering western Maine and Moosehead Lake now has peak leaf color overall with 75 to 100 percent of the tree canopy changed. Leaf drop is moderate, or less than 50 percent. The Sebago Lake region is showing particularly nice foliage in this zone.

Foliage is now turning past peak color in far northern Maine, Zones 7 and 6, where leaf drop is also moderate.

Be sure to file your own Maine leaf report on the Foliage Forum page of this Web site, and submit your scenic photographs to the Photo Gallery.

Maine has a total of 12 national and state-designated scenic roadways covering more than 500 miles along coastline, inland countryside, rivers and mountainous areas. With 17 million acres of forest, Maine has more land covered by trees than any state in the country. Fifty two native species of leaf bearing trees help display a fall color show that attracts visitors from around the world.

To provide the most accurate foliage information, DOC rangers will report conditions statewide every Wednesday through Oct. 17. The site is a great place to start planning for a fall foliage trip, learn more about Maine's trees and how they change color, or interact with other foliage fanatics.

Updated reports and information can also be obtained by calling the Maine foliage hotline at 1-888-MAINE-45. Learn more about Maine's fall touring routes and outdoor activities at www.visitmaine.com.

Press contact: Kevin Gove, Nancy Marshall Communications, Email:
kgove@marshallpr.com, Phone: (207) 623-4177.

Brad
10-19-2007, 06:54 AM
Updated report just came in

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October 17, 2007 Maine Foliage Report
Maine Department of Conservation
www.MaineFoliage.com

Maine’s fall foliage holding on, looking colorful

AUGUSTA, Maine – Spectacular foliage will continue to emerge in central and coastal Maine during the next seven days, according to the sixth fall foliage report released today by the state Department of Conservation.

The delay in leaf color change caused by warm weather at the start of the season has led to great late season viewing in many parts of Maine. The Department of Conservation will extend its final foliage report to October 24 to describe where the changing colors remain strong.

Forest rangers in Zones 1 and 2, covering all coastal locations, and Zone 3 stretching from Fryeburg north through central Maine to Bangor are now reporting foliage color just shy of peak, or about 60 to 70 percent overall. Leaf drop in all three regions is now moderate, or less than 50 percent.

Conditions in all other tracking zones are now past peak color, but brilliant pockets of foliage are being reported in areas as far north as the town of Patten on Route 11 along the Piscataquis/Aroostook County line.

In southern Maine, foliage is looking good in York, Falmouth and Freeport. Travelers will also find plenty of color on a drive north on Route 201 from Topsham. In the midcoast region, Route 90 between Waldoboro and Rockport, and Route 17 from Rockland to Union are showing particularly nice foliage scenes.

Be sure to file your own Maine leaf report on the Foliage Forum page of this Web site, and submit your scenic photographs to the Photo Gallery.

Maine has a total of 12 national and state-designated scenic roadways covering more than 500 miles along coastline, inland countryside, rivers and mountainous areas. With 17 million acres of forest, Maine has more land covered by trees than any state in the country. Fifty two native species of leaf bearing trees help display a fall color show that attracts visitors from around the world.

To provide the most accurate foliage information, DOC rangers will report conditions statewide every Wednesday through Oct. 24. The site is a great place to start planning for a fall foliage trip, learn more about Maine's trees and how they change color, or interact with other foliage fanatics.

Updated reports and information can also be obtained by calling the Maine foliage hotline at 1-888-MAINE-45. Learn more about Maine's fall touring routes and outdoor activities at www.visitmaine.com.

Press contact: Kevin Gove, Nancy Marshall Communications, Email:
kgove@marshallpr.com, Phone: (207) 623-4177.

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Maine's Department of Conservation releases weekly foliage reports each year during foliage season (mid-September through mid-October).
Forest Rangers assess the amount of color change and leaf drop when they are on assignment in the field. These reports represent the official word on foliage conditions in the state of Maine and are provided to the public and media.

forestgnome
10-19-2007, 08:18 PM
Thanks for important info, Brad.

happy trails :)