Leaves in Northern Maine are starting to turn, as September comes to a close and October begins on Monday, according to the latest Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Photo Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

In the September 26th Foliage Report, rangers are reporting moderate color change in Northern Maine. The rest of the State is experiencing less than 50 percent color change with very low leaf drop.

Typically Zones 6 and 7 experience peak color the last week of September into the 1st week of October.

Gale Ross, the State of Maine Fall Foliage spokesperson stated

Mother Nature has started playing her role in triggering the start of fall. As the days become shorter and we see a decline in sunlight, the leaf-bearing trees begin the process leading up to fall. I like to say it’s Mother Nature’s way of putting the trees to bed for the long winter ahead,”