September 26, 2007
Patrick McGowan foliage message. Week of September 24, 2007.
In 1959, under the direction of Forestry Commissioner Austin Wilkins, forest rangers in Maine started reporting foliage conditions throughout the seven zones in our beautiful state. For 48 years they have been reporting in on foliage conditions through our fall season.
www.mainefoliage.com receives over three million hits annually from all over the country and all over the world including countries like India and Germany and Ireland.
Forest rangers in northern Maine are reporting that the forests are healthy and the colors are outstanding this year. The hardwood ridges are particularly vibrant with color. Visitors to northern Maine will not be disappointed this weekend as the foliage is nearing peak and is likely to be at its peak early next week.
We suggest that you do a hike at Quaggy Joe Mountain in Aroostook State Park. You will see some vibrant colors erupting over the next few days. Hedgehog Mountain east of St. Croix Lake in Winterville is also a great hike in northern Maine, in addition to Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill.
We also want to point out that as the colors turn on our trees one of our most popular fairs, the Fryeburg Fair, will be going on from the 30th of September until the 7th of October. HarborArts in Camden will also be presenting an art show over the weekend, the 29th and 30th. In addition to that, the Camden Film Festival.
We also would ask you might stop by Camden Hills State Park and see a wonderful vista of Penobscot Bay and Camden Harbor.
Please send your photos, if you have any great photos of the leaves turning, to our foliage Web site. Again, www.mainefoliage.com.
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