Foliage Report for September 30, 2009
Foliage Color Spreading to Western, Eastern Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine – Foliage color has reached its peak in the far north of Maine and is spreading south, according to the third fall foliage report from the state Department of Conservation.
Forest rangers in Aroostook County (Zones 7 and 6) and locations north of Baxter State Park are observing peak conditions, or at least 75 percent color change, and moderate leaf drop between 30 and 50 percent, the report states.
Color is now high, or 50 to 70 percent toward peak, and leaf drop is moderate in the Moosehead Lake region (northern Zone 5) and locations like Jackman and Eustis. Foliage color between Rangeley and Bethel in western Maine (southern Zone 5) is now moderate, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak, and leaf drop is moderate, the report states.
Foliage color in eastern locations from Millinocket to Lincoln and Old Town (northern Zone 4) is now high, while Grand Lake Stream and Calais (southern Zone 4) have moderate color. Leaf drop in the region is 30 to 50 percent, according to the report.
Rangers are reporting moderate color change along the Downeast coast(Zone 2) from Belfast to Mount Desert Island and Lubec, and in central interior locations near the Bangor region (northern Zone 3). Leaf drop in these regions remains low, or less than 30 percent. Southern interior locations from Sebago Lake to Augusta (southern Zone 3) and the southern coast (Zone 1) now have 10 to 30 percent color change, and leaf drop is low, according to rangers.
The Department of Conservation also announces that Grafton Notch State Park will host the second in a series of four state park guided foliage hikes on Sunday, October 4. For information about the hike and to register, visit the Take It Outside website.
Maine's fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through October 21 on this Web site. Be sure to sign up to receive the weekly reports by email and post comments about your Maine foliage adventures on the Foliage Forum page. Also, submit your Maine foliage photos on the Photo Gallery page.
For more information about events and activities happening in Maine this fall log onto 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