AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Conservation’s fall foliage website, www.mainefoliage.com, goes online this week.
Leaf peepers who want to follow the changing of the colors can go to the state website starting Wednesday. Regular reports on fall foliage conditions continue through Oct. 19 or until the entire state has reached past-peak conditions.
State forest rangers collect data and observations in seven zones throughout the state and provide the information to the public and media. Their data are collected and compiled on the fall foliage zone map included on the website.
The site also incorporates links to social media, including Facebook, which allows leaf peepers instant access to foliage updates.
Officials say more than 17 million acres of Maine forest had only minor damage from Tropical Storm Irene.