The official start of the fall foliage season began last week here in Maine. The
2013 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports that the northernmost part of the state is experiencing subtle color changes of less than 30% with very low leaf drop at less than 10%. However, the state anticipates an outstanding foliage season according to the Maine Forest Service.
“The native maples, particularly the red and sugar maples, which are
considered to provide the great backdrop of seasonal color, have vigorous,
healthy foliage with no notable problems. Given our moderate summer weather,
and allowing for this trend into the fall, I expect an outstanding vibrant
show, overall,” said Bill Ostrofsky, forest pathologist for the Maine
Maine Forest Service rangers and state park rangers in Aroostook County and
northern Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties are reporting subtle changes in the
foliage with peak conditions still weeks away.
As overnight temperatures drop into the 40s and daylight decreases, rangers
expect a gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak
conditions in late October.
For continuous weekly updates every Wednesday through October 16th, visit the
state’s official foliage website www.mainefoliage.com.
The web site will also list dates, times and locations for fall foliage hikes
in the state parks as the season progresses. Visitors can sign up to receive
weekly reports by e-mails while sharing their photos of the vibrant color
throughout the state as the leaves slowly change on the Maine Fall Foliage page
on Facebook. Additionally, the foliage website will list the fall foliage
ranger-led hikes in the state parks.
Hodgdon Island Inn is a nine-room inn located on the quiet side of Boothbay and about 15 minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor. The inn is close to several nature preserves and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Reservations can be made online at http://www.boothbaybb.com or by calling 1-800-314-5160. Be sure to check out the Fall Foliage Special as well – stay three nights and the third night is half off!
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