Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2012

Eastern Region National Forests Fall Color Report 9/20/12

The National Forest Service Eastern Region the following Fall Color Report for 9/20/12 that includes Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, West Virginia and Minnesota

Allegheny National Forest (Pennsylvania)

Although the scenic roads through the Allegheny are lined with gorgeous goldenrod, purple asters and bright red sumac, the leaves on the trees are still mainly green. Peak color will probably not occur until the second week of October.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (Wisconsin)

Fall colors are starting to emerge in the Chequamegon-Nicolet, especially along Wisconsin State Highway 70 near Park Falls.

Chippewa National Forest (Minnesota)

The Chippewa is at about 25% leaf color change this week. Sunny days, cold nights and dry weather are the perfect conditions to create beautiful fall color. The maples are an eye catching red and the tamaracks are slowly turning gold. The staghorn (name comes from the velvet like branches similar to a stag’s antlers) sumac is a nice burgundy color at this time.

Hiawatha (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)

In the past week, the Hiawatha has started to see its first real glimpse of fall. Average day and night temps have dropped drastically and the forest received considerable amounts of rain in portions. While we are still seeing quite a bit of green, there is no doubt that the color show is starting! The sugar maples are sporting shades of yellow, and in the lowlands, the red maples are in their glory. A few aspen are showing some yellow, but many are simply going brown and dropping leaves. Additionally, the bracken ferns have started to yellow, adding color on the forest floor. This holds true, especially near Lake Superior, on both the west and east units of the Forest.

Hoosier National Forest (Indiana)

The Hoosier is beginning to show a few more fall changes.  The northern District hasdogwood and spice bushes laden with red berries, and abundant bright red berries adorn the forest foliage. Black gum and sassafras leaves are turning brilliant red and beginning to fall. The southern District also has beautiful berries showing color, but trees are just beginning their transformation of color. Temperatures are definitely becoming more fall like. Cool nights and sunny days in the 60’s & 70’s are generally the pattern for the coming week. Come see some gorgeous maples starting to turn their gorgeous burnt orange!  It’s starting to be a beautiful fall!

Monongahela National Forest (West Virginia)

There is very little change throughout the Monongahela so far.  They have had a few days of heavy rain (at times) which may bring down the leaves, and there have been cooler temperatures at night.

Ottawa National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)

Colors on the Ottawa are about 25% developed.

Superior National Forest (Minnesota)

Fall colors on the Superior run the gamut from 0-100%. Western portions of the Forest report that they are at peak color, and predicted strong winds may bring many of the leaves down. In the east, there are still many sections of the forest that are green. Red maples are mostly red, but sugar maples are often green.  Most birch and aspen are yellow. It’s a great time to visit, but plan on possibly taking a longer route to enjoy all of the variation.

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