Northern Maine foliage color changing daily

12 years ago

Northern Maine foliage color changing daily

By Scott Mitchell Johnson

Staff Writer

    AUGUSTA — Fall foliage in northern Maine is inching its way to peak color, according to the second 2012 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

    Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting overall leaf color on the low end of moderate, or 30-50 percent toward peak, with low leaf drop in all of Aroostook County.
|    Rangers at Aroostook State Park are observing foliage color at 35-40 percent toward peak.

    “Colors are improving and changing daily, with reds making a big jump this past week,” Aroostook State Park Manager Scott Thompson said last Wednesday. “The birch and beech leaves are showing some color change, and the overall colors in the park should be very radiant moving into the middle of next week.”

    Maine’s fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through at least Oct. 17 at the state’s official foliage website, www.MaineFoliage.com. Visitors to the site can sign up to receive the weekly reports by e-mail and submit photos of foliage scenes from around the state. Foliage fans can also share photos and favorite viewing spots at the Maine Fall Foliage page on Facebook.

    To experience the beauty and color firsthand, Maine state parks, under the management of the Division of Parks and Public Lands (PPL), Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and the LePage Administration, are offering five guided hikes and a guided paddle at some of the most scenic places in Maine.

    “For a number of years now, we have been offering these foliage activities at our wonderful state parks, and our park visitors just love them,” said Will Harris, PPL director. “What better way to create memories and enjoy our beautiful state than to hike or paddle on our woods and waters. I hope many families and visitors join us for these popular events.”

    In The County, residents are encouraged to go on a guided fall foliage hike. Scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Aroostook State Park, the rugged but rewarding 3-mile hike up Quaggy Jo Mountain will offer participants spectacular views of the region’s forest and agricultural lands.

    Sturdy footwear, cameras, binoculars, snacks and water are recommended. The skill level for the local hike is moderate and visitors will meet at the day use area at 10 a.m. Park admission fees apply for the event. The park is located at 87 State Park Road in Presque Isle.

    For more information on Saturday’s hike, call 768-8341. To learn more about the foliage conditions in the state, log onto www.MaineFoliage.com or call the Maine foliage hotline at 1-888-MAINE-45.