The Maine Department of Conservation, Agriculture and Forestry released their 1st Foliage Report for the 2021 Foliage Season on Wednesday, September 15th. Reports are issued every Wednesday.

Photo Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Forest rangers in northern Maine are reporting a 10 percent color change, with low leaf drop.

Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reach peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.

Gale Ross, the Maine Fall Foliage Spokesperson said.

Maine experienced moderate drought this spring but received a sufficient amount of rainfall the month of July, which brought many portions of the state back to near normal rainfall levels. Aaron Bergdahl, Forest Pathologist for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, anticipates an excellent fall foliage season with the favorable changing conditions we have experienced. We are already experiencing shorter warms days and cool nights. This transition sets us up for the seasonal display of colors that we all look forward to

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