Maine’s 1st Foliage Report for 2020 – September 16
Today marks the 1st official foliage report from the State of Maine for 2020 and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry report spotty color change (10 percent) in the forest.
According to the release, Northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) typically 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.
“Despite the drought conditions throughout Maine, we anticipate a brilliant fall foliage season,” notes Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson. “As with every autumn, the weather determines Maine’s extended foliage outlook. Please keep your fingers crossed for warm days, followed by chilly nights, which will set us up for that perfect panoramic display of fall colors during the foliage season.”
Aaron Bergdahl, Forest Pathologist with DACF’s Maine Forest Service, reports that overall, Maine’s abundant, healthy, resilient and diverse forests assure us of an excellent display of colors.