Augusta, Maine – While Maine is still experiencing the warmth of an extended summer, the foliage in northern Maine is gradually changing, with tinges of oranges, reds and yellows visible in the forest canopy. However, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry report reveals very little color change and very low leaf drop.

Fall foliage conditions“Weather plays a significant role in the changing of the season. Sunny days, followed by cool, but not freezing temperatures help move the progression of color along. We have not experienced the cooler evening temperatures in all 7 zones,” noted Gale Ross, fall foliage coordinator for Maine.

Leaf peepers can visit the state’s official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com and sign up to receive weekly reports by email. Visitors and natives can share their photos throughout the state as the progression of color begins.

There are a plethora of events happening throughout the state this coming week and now’s the time to get outside to enjoy this last little bit of summer weather. Old Orchard Beach is playing host to a 22nd Annual Car Show on Sept. 18-19 and the town of Bethel will come alive with scarecrows and harvest decorations during the 18th Annual Harvestfest & Chowdah Cook-off on Sept. 19. Or, experience the 11th Annual Camden International Film Festival, taking place from Sept. 17 to 20 in Camden and Rockland. More than sixty documentary features and shorts will be shown throughout a number of local venues.

For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to www.visitmaine.com.

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Contact: 

Gale Ross, Fall Foliage Coordinator
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
207-287-5153 or gale.ross@maine.gov


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