Foliage Report for October 1, 2008
Maine Foliage Peaking in the North, Looking Vibrant in the South
AUGUSTA, Maine – There's lots of peak color on the Maine Department of Conservation's fourth fall foliage report of the season. But with two weeks of reporting left, officials says there is no need for foliage fans to panic about upcoming visits to the state.
Forest rangers are now observing early peak conditions of at least 75 percent color change in all of northern Maine from Fort Kent (Zone 7) to Jackman (Zone 5), Greenville (Zone 5) and Millinocket (northern Zone 4). Peak color is also being reported in the western lakes and mountains region between Bethel (Zone 5) and Eustis (Zone 5). Leaf drop is low, or less than 30 percent, in each of these areas, and the vibrant color is expected to remain through next week.
"Rangers in the northern tracking zones have told me that the color is beautiful and will continue to change over the next several days before reaching 100 percent peak," said Gale Ross who gathers observations from rangers at the Department of Conservation.
Hurricane Kyle had no negative effect on the turning foliage along Maine's Downeast coast (Zone 2) between Belfast and Calais. Leaf drop in the region is still low, and leaf color is now moderate, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak.
Foliage color has reached high, between 50 and 70 percent toward peak, around Dover-Foxcroft (northern Zone 3) in central Maine, and the Bangor region (northern Zone 3), while conditions are now moderate from the Augusta region (southern Zone 3) southeast to Sebago Lake and Fryeburg (southern Zone 3).
The southern coast (Zone 1) now has high color overall with low leaf drop. The dramatic one week change from low to high color in this region is due to healthy trees that extended their normal growing season.
"Good moisture conditions allowed trees to be photosynthetically efficient and active a little later into the fall," said Bill Ostrofsky, a forest pathologist with the Maine Forest Service. "A few cold nights and the change in day length made the colors develop more rapidly than usual."
This weekend experience the foliage and learn about lumbering in Maine during Living History Days at Leonard’s Mills Historic Settlement in Bradley (Oct. 4-5). See the lighthouses and fall colors along the Kennebec River on a tour from Bath with Long Reach Cruises, Friday, Sunday and Monday through Oct. 13.
To provide the most accurate foliage information, Department of Conservation rangers will report statewide conditions every Wednesday through Oct. 15. The reports are posted online at www.mainefoliage.com, and visitors to the Web site can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email or RSS feed.
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|
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