Foliage Report: September 10, 2003
Recent Weather Ideal for Upcoming Fall Foliage Season
AUGUSTA, Maine - (September 10, 2003)
Welcome to Maine’s first 2003 fall foliage report. September has arrived with the sunny, breezy days and cool, clear nights, ideal for the magical foliage color change that will take place during fall foliage season.
Soon, the 50-plus species of trees that make up Maine’s 17.5 million acres of forestland will show their vibrant yellow, orange, red and purple colors throughout the state.
To provide the most accurate foliage information, Maine’s Department of Conservation Park and Forest Rangers will report foliage conditions statewide weekly every Wednesday until Oct. 8.
Maine Forest Service Rangers are reporting very low, or less than 10 percent, color change in the tree canopy statewide with very low leaf drop.
Conditions around the state are prime to start planning leaf peeping trips. Subtle color changes will begin in Aroostook County first. The foliage is still green statewide, but the trained eye of our rangers and foresters can detect the very subtle changes in the green hue that precedes the explosion of color about to begin.
New this year on Maine’s official fall foliage Web site, www.mainefoliage.com, is a “Live Help” button that will allow a chat with a Department of Conservation official. The site is a great place to start your planning for a fall foliage trip, learn more about Maine’s trees and their color transformation, or interact with other foliage fanatics.
Press contact: Charlene Williams, Nancy Marshall Communications, Email: email@example.com, Phone: (207) 623-4177.
Current Conditions - The Foliage Conditions map is the foliage zone map Maine Forest Service Rangers use when reporting fall foliage conditions. The current conditions are also displayed in text below.
|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|