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  • First signs of colorful fall foliage emerging

  • The Finger Lakes and all of New York State will soon be framed by swaths of vibrant fall colors. The Empire State Development Office has begun the 2008 Fall Color Reports.

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  • The 2008 foliage season in New York State is officially underway as the first significant colors of autumn are appearing in the Adirondacks and Catskills region, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
    This weekend in the Adirondacks, expect 30 percent color change in areas around Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake where the soft maples are providing a sporadic brilliance of burgundy and crimson to the overall celery green and mustard-colored leaves. Foliage spotters at stations to the east in Lake Placid and at Whiteface Mountain report less significant change, and expect about 10 percent color transition by weekend.
    In the Catskills, Sullivan County projects up to 15 percent change, with yellow, orange and rust colored leaves just starting to emerge from the predominating green. In the Saugerties area of Ulster County, look for 10-20 percent color change in the higher elevations with moderate to bright yellow highlights and a small smattering of red and orange leaves.
    The rest of the state reports 10 percent or less color change.
    Each week during fall, I LOVE NEW YORK issues reports on iloveny.com detailing the progression of colorful fall foliage across the New York based upon information filed by the State’s officially designated “leaf peepers.”
    These fall foliage spotters are instructed on how to rate foliage color in their areas, citing conditions such as brilliance, percentage of leaves changed, predominating colors and stages (just beginning, near peak, peak and past peak). I LOVE NEW YORK compiles its weekly reports based upon information called in by the spotters.
    New York State and Fall Foliage Make for a Great Getaway
    New York’s fall foliage serves as the pretty backdrop to a host of fun-filled seasonal activities, including food festivals celebrating an amazing variety of Pride of New York produce, farm and farm stand visits, hayrides and much more. Find details on all these and more by visiting iloveny.com.
    As part of its new fall promotion, I LOVE NEW YORK is offering "Foliage Trip Pay-offs," a series of regional driving routes rich with activities and stops to encourage consumers to choose New York for foliage peeping. Look for these fall foliage driving tours on iloveny.com beginning Sept. 15th thru Nov. 15.
    New York State’s Advantage
    Why do people from all over the world head to New York State to see the spectacular foliage display? Unlike the rest of the country, the northeastern U.S. is particularly fortunate to have a great variety of broad-leaved trees, which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range. Also, New York State has almost as many acres of such trees as the rest of the Northeast combined.
    Page 2 of 2 - In addition to iloveny.com, foliage reports are also available by calling the New York State Travel Information Center at 1-800-CALL-NYS.

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