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Maine’s Foliage Season Has Officially Begun

Robert F. Bukaty
Maine Public
A motorcyclist cruises past a maple tree displaying its bright fall foliage in Oct. 2014, in Freeport.

Wednesday marks the the official start of leaf season in Maine.

“This seems like a typical year,” says Gail Ross, Maine’s fall foliage coordinator with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Ross says she doubts it will be an incredible year for color, but not a bad one either. She says many areas of the state did experience some stretches with little rainfall this summer.

“Which is why I think folks are seeing spotty trees here and there, that have either already turned or are completely defoliated,” she says.

Ross says northern Maine will likely start seeing peak color in about two weeks, with southern and coastal regions reaching peak this year around the third week of October.

It’s the 58th year the department has been reporting foliage conditions.