State Wide Foliage Report Sept 25th

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State Wide Foliage Report Sept 25th

Postby admin » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:40 pm

Peak foliage is almost here in northeastern Vermont, albeit with muted colors because it is still cloudy here this afternoon. The Jay Peak area is at peak and the East Burke area is not far behind. Some of the best viewing is on I-91 from Newport to St.Johnsbury and almost any higher elevation road between these two points. The mountainsides around Lake Willoughby are subdued but expect them to burst into full color as soon as the sun comes out. Expect peak colors this weekend in the Kingdom. The forecast says it will be sunny so take advantage of it!

Vermont's "Eye on the Sky" Forecast predicts sunny days through into next week.

"The color is really starting to become brilliant in the eastern side of Franklin county in the higher elevations of Montgomery, Richford, and Enosburgh, according to the forester for Franklin County. "We are reaching about 40-50% color there." reports Nancy Patch.

"I’ve been really impressed that some areas in Windsor County are beginning to show their fall colors." says Jon Booton, the forester for Windsor County.

"I was in Woodstock at the National Park yesterday and the vistas from the carriage roads were pretty scenic. Not the almost florescent orange that some sugar maples will show within the next two weeks, but certainly reddish tints on the hillsides. Late last week several roadside wooded wetlands around Chester and Ludlow were bright red."

Over in Chittenden County, which includes Burlington, forester Keith Thompson says that it seems that every place in the county has at least a little color. "The mountain areas are bright with yellows of the birches and reds and oranges of the maples, particularly in Bolton, Underhill and Huntington." says forester Thompson. "As you get closer to the Champlain Valley the broader landscape is starting to turn a little, but the wetland areas are truly brilliant right now and they really pop!"

Chris Stone. the Rutland County Forester says the color is just starting to turn on the hillsides, dull greens to yellow/orange . . . the bright flashes of color are found along wetlands, ponds, rivers, and streams especially at higher elevations. He says the lower elevations such as Whipple Hollow in West Rutland have nice pockets, and many locations along Route 4 and 100 in Killington and Pittsfield such as Kent Pond, Colton Pond.

" The Chittenden Reservoir is a nice place to see some color as well. The Brandon Swamp WMA and the Bomoseen area also are good this time of year," says forester Stone.

Foliage on rte. 100 in Plymouth seems to be mid-way to peak. Forester Sam Schneski says there's also some really nice foliage on rte 11 in Londonderry with a few trees already looking like they are at peak. The red maples are starting to turn fairly rapidly in most places. This is especially true in wetter, low lying areas.

In the Manchester area, in southwestern Vermont, it is still mostly green except for the swamp maples which have started to turn. We just have a few trees showing color at the moment says the innkeeper at the Manchester View

The color is following pretty closely to our foliage tracker. If you are still wondering when to come, check out our foliage maps

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