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Wed Sep 20, 2023 10:02 pm

September 18, 2023:
Fall colors are on their way. Across the state, the first signs of fall foliage season are beginning to reveal themselves. In cool and wet areas, bright reds, oranges, and yellows are already present, while in most parts of the state, the shift in colors is just starting. We have received reports of early leaf drop on some trees impacted by the rain this summer; however, leaf drop is an important part of nutrient cycling in our forests and helps ensure the health of Vermont’s trees. Leaves on the ground also complements the changing leaves on the trees as foliage progresses this season, and much of the state is shaping up for a brilliant display.

Northern areas of the state continue to have the most vibrant color at this time due to these trees being exposed to cooler temperatures first. In particular, those areas with an abundance of red maples are providing great views of crimson in the Northeast Kingdom. Sugar maple foliage is progressing as well, with foliage ranging from yellow to orange to auburn, and birch species are well on their way to displaying their yellow hues across the higher elevations.

There is still a lot of change that needs to take place before we reach peak foliage, but the trees are doing their part and getting started in the process. As the nights get cooler and the days get shorter, any sunny days we get will help amplify the intensity of fall color.

Best bets: The north is the place to be to see the best colors right now. Areas throughout Essex County are looking good, as are the 26,000 acres in Groton State Forest.

In East Charleston, further north, near the Canadian border, the color is not quite there yet...give it another week or so....
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