AUGUSTA — Fall foliage color is turning nicely in Maine’s western mountains, and lake regions of Washington and Penobscot counties, while peak color has arrived in the northern half of the state, according to the fourth 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC).
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing peak leaf color, or at least 75 percent color change, in northern tracking zones covering all of Aroostook County and northern portions of Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset counties. These regions now have moderate, 30 to 50 percent, leaf drop, according to rangers.
Rangers are reporting high color, or 50 to 75 percent toward peak, in the tracking zone containing the lake regions of northern Washington County and Penobscot County. Route 9 between Brewer and Baring should have nice color this weekend, Rangers say. Leaf drop is currently low, or 10 to 30 percent, in these regions.
Moderate color, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak, is now showing in the western mountain towns of Bethel, Kingfield and Rangeley, the central region from Dover-Foxcroft to Bangor, and along the downeast coast from Bucksport to Eastport, according to the report. Leaf drop is currently low in the regions.
Low foliage color, or 10 to 30 percent toward peak, is being reported along the coast from Kittery to Belfast, and in southern and central areas including Fryeburg, Sebago Lake, Androscoggin County and Kennebec County. These regions now have low leaf drop, according to the report.
Maine’s fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through at least Oct. 19 on the state’s official foliage website www.MaineFoliage.com. Maine foliage fans can also share photos and favorite viewing spots at the Maine Fall Foliage page on Facebook, or follow foliage news on Twitter using the @mainefoliage hashtag.
Go to www.visitmaine.com or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345 for more information about fall activities and events in Maine.