Foliage Report for September 29, 2010
Northern Maine Foliage Peaking, Other Regions at 50 Percent and Beyond
AUGUSTA, Maine – The third fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) shows peak color in far northern Maine and close to 50 percent color change throughout the rest of the state.
Forest rangers in Aroostook County and the northern portions of Piscataquis and Somerset County (Zones 6 and 7) are reporting peak leaf color, from 85 to 100 percent, along with low leaf drop of less than 30 percent.
High color, from 50 to 70 percent toward peak, has reached the tracking region that stretches from Bangor to Millinocket and east to Grand Lake (Upper Zone 4) on the New Brunswick, Canada border. This region also has low leaf drop, according to rangers.
Moderate color, from 30 to 50 percent toward peak, is being reported in all other tracking zones (Zones 1-3, Lower 4 and 5) covering Moosehead Lake, the western lakes and mountains region, central and southern Maine, and all costal locations. However, the Fryeburg area is revealing more than 60% color. Rick Henion, Forest Ranger in Jonesboro (zone 2) indicates that “almost all of the maples in zone 2 are showing some degree of color whether it be marginal to yellow, or for some maples completely orange or brilliant red.” The report states that leaf drop is low in these regions.
Maine’s fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through Oct. 13 on this website. Visitors can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email, and submit photos of foliage scenes from around Maine.
This weekend's guided fall foliage hikes with a DOC park manager and district forester will take place at Mount Blue State Park on Oct. 2, and at Sebago Lake State Park, Bradbury Mountain State Park and Bald Mountain Public Reserved Land on Oct. 3. Learn more about each hike at www.parksandlands.com
Go to www.visitmaine.com or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345 for more information about fall activities and events in Maine.
The Maine Foliage Facebook page can be found by searching for “Maine Fall Foliage” on Facebook.
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|
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