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September 2, 2014
AUGUSTA, Maine – While the State of Maine is enjoying an abundance of sunshine and beautiful late summer weather, now is the time to start planning your fall foliage trip. Beginning Wednesday, September 10, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and the Maine Office of Tourism will provide an update on gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak conditions in late-October.
"Maine fall foliage is world-renowned and draws visitors from all over the country and around the globe," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The fall foliage website and weekly foliage updates are examples of how Maine welcomes visitors and is ‘Open for Business’. Word is spreading. In just one area alone—farm-related agri-tourism—income has increased 78% over the last five years."
DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb noted that even though the Department’s forestry employees have been reporting conditions since 1959, they are finding new ways to promote Maine and attract new visitors. "Advances in technology are helping state government be more responsive to taxpayers and accessible to the public," said Commissioner Whitcomb said.
According to Bill Ostrofsky, Forest Pathologist within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the season appears to be "on schedule." "Tree foliage is in great shape this year, and we’ve had abundant rainfall with relatively cooler temperatures during the spring and summer, which leads up to a spectacular season," Ostrofsky said.
Generally, the northern region of Maine is at or near peak the last week of September into the first week of October. Central, Southern and Western mountains are nearing peak conditions October 6 through October 18. Coastal Maine reaches peak conditions October 13 through 25.
Now is the time to plan a late-September getaway to Zone 6 and 7 in northeastern and northwestern Maine which includes Fort Kent, Caribou and Presque Isle to experience the first colors of autumn. There are scenic driving tours recommended on for the St. John Valley Cultural Byway and the Aroostook County circuit.
Zone 7: Northeastern Maine, including Fort Kent, Caribou, and Presque Isle
Zone 6: Northwestern Maine
Zone 5: Western Mid-Maine, including Greenville, Rangeley, Bethel
Zone 4: Eastern Mid-Maine, including Houlton, Millinocket, and Calais
Zone 3: Central and Southwestern Maine, including Bangor, Augusta, and Fryeburg
Zone 2: DowneastMaine, including Machias, Bar Harbor, and Penobscot Bay
Zone 1: Mid-Coast and South Coastal Maine, including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Kittery
|Zone Number||Color Change||Leaf Drop|
|7||Very Low||Very Low|
|6||Very Low||Very Low|
|5||Very Low||Very Low|
|4||Very Low||Very Low|
|3||Very Low||Very Low|
|2||Very Low||Very Low|
|1||Very Low||Very Low|