Foliage Report for October 6, 2010
Foliage Color Peaking in Maine's Western Mountains
AUGUSTA, Maine – Peak leaf color is spreading through the lakes and mountains region of western Maine, according to the fourth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
Forest rangers in the tracking zone covering Bethel, Rangeley, the Carrabassett Valley region, and Moosehead Lake (Zone 5) are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of less than 50 percent.
Peak color is also holding on in Aroostook County (Zones 6 and 7) despite recent frosts, and is covering the tracking zone from Millinocket to Lincoln and Calais (Zone 4). Leaf drop is moderate in these regions according to the report.
High color, from 50 to 70 percent toward peak, has reached the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft (Zone 3). This region also has moderate leaf drop, according to rangers.
Moderate color, from 30 to 50 percent toward peak, and low leaf drop of less than 30 percent is being reported in all costal locations (Zones 1 and 2) from Kittery to Eastport.
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.
The season's final three guided fall foliage excursions with a DOC park manager and district forester will take place at Androscoggin Riverlands State Park and Shackford Head State Park on Oct. 9, and at Camden Hills State Park on Oct. 10. 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