Foliage Report for September 15, 2010
Foliage Color Spreading Through Northern Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine – Despite record summer heat, Maine's leaf bearing trees will show off their usual yellow, orange and red hues in the coming weeks according to the first 2010 fall foliage report from the state Department of Conservation (DOC).
"The great majority of trees are in good condition for a normal fall color schedule," said Bill Ostrofsky, a forest pathologist at the Maine Forest Service. "I expect the height of the foliage season to occur sometime during the last week in September and the first and second weeks in October."
Currently, forest rangers in Aroostook County and the northern portions of Piscataquis and Somerset County (Zones 6 and 7) are observing low leaf color, or less than 30 percent toward peak, along with very low leaf drop. Rangers are also reporting low color in the tracking region that stretches from Bangor to Millinocket and east to Grand Lake (Upper Zone 4) on the New Brunswick, Canada border.
Color in the remainder of the state is very low, or less than 10 percent toward peak, with very low leaf drop, according to the report.
Overnight temperatures in the low 40s and the continued decrease in daylight will spark the gradual change in leaf color from north to south through late October according to DOC officials.
Maine's fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through Oct. 13 at www.mainefoliage.com. Visitors to the website can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email, and submit photos of foliage scenes from around Maine.
The Department of Conservation also announced that ranger-led weekend foliage hikes will be offered at eight state parks and public lands in September and October. The first hike takes place at Aroostook State Park on Sept. 19. Visit www.parksandlands.com or call 207-287-3821 for information about each hike.
"This year's guided hikes will take leaf peepers to great foliage views on mountain, lake and riverside trails," said Department of Conservation Commissioner Eliza Townsend.
For more information about events and activities happening in Maine this fall, log onto www.visitmaine.com.
Current Conditions - The Foliage Conditions map on this page is the foliage zone map used by Maine Forest Service Rangers when reporting fall foliage conditions.
|Zone Number||Color Change||Leaf Drop|
|5||Very Low||Very Low|
|4 (North)||Low||Very Low|
|4 (South)||Very Low||Very Low|
|3||Very Low||Very Low|
|2||Very Low||Very Low|
|1||Very Low||Very Low|
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