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Foliage looking good in western lakes and mountains region

Maine foliage looking good in western lakes and mountains region
http://www.maine.gov/doc/foliage/

Towns in Maineís western lakes and mountains region should offer the best and brightest colors for leaf peepers during the next seven days, according to the fourth foliage report released today by the state Department of Conservation.

Currently, forest rangers are reporting high leaf color, or 50 to 75 percent toward peak, in the tracking zone covering western towns including Jackman, Greenville, Kingfield and Bethel. Officials in the Rangeley area expect the tree canopy there to reach peak color by early next week.

Other colorful views in the region can be found in Newry where the Sunday River Road to and beyond the Artistís Covered Bridge is lined with bright colors. Flagstaff Lake along Route 27 in the towns of Stratton and Eustis is also surrounded by nice color.

Other current conditions:

Zones 7 and 6 covering Aroostook County in northern Maine are now displaying peak color with moderate, or less than 50 percent, leaf drop.

Zone 4 east of Bangor and stretching north to Houlton now has high leaf color overall and low, or less than 30 percent, leaf drop. Good foliage can be viewed along Route 9 toward Calais.

Moderate leaf color and low leaf drop is being reported in Zones 3, 2 and 1 covering central Maine, the Sebago Lake region and all coastal areas. Forest rangers expect the best foliage to show in these regions during the last two weeks of October.

Visit these events while taking in the foliage this weekend: Bangor Book Festival www.bangorbookfest.org, Oct. 5-7; Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum Apple Festival, Oct. 6; Open Creamery Day www.mainecheeseguild.org, Oct. 7.

Be sure to file your own Maine leaf report on the Foliage Forum page of this Web site, and submit your scenic photographs to the Photo Gallery.

To provide the most accurate foliage information, DOC rangers will report conditions statewide every Wednesday through Oct. 17. Updated reports and information can also be obtained by calling the Maine foliage hotline at 1-888-MAINE-45. Learn more about Maine's fall touring routes and outdoor activities at www.visitmaine.com.



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