‘A remarkably brisk fall season’ could be coming: Pennsylvania fall foliage report

Although trees across most of Pennsylvania during the first week of October show little or no evidence of the approaching fall foliage season, a “particularly brisk fall season” could imminent, according to today’s first weekly fall foliage report. 2022 from the Bureau of Forestry of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Only McKean and Potter counties in north-central Pennsylvania and Susquehanna and Wayne counties in the northeast corner of the state are expected to achieve “best approaching color” status in the coming week.

The south-central and southeast regions are expected to show “no change” and the rest of the state – except for the four counties previously noted – will “begin to change”.

On a weekly statewide map, the bureau codes each of the state’s 67 counties as no change, starting to change, approaching best color, best color, starting to fade or having exceeded the peak.

“After a long summer drought, Pennsylvania’s forests were quenched by much-needed rainfall this month, arresting premature leaf drop,” the bureau noted in the written portion of the report.

“Autumn seemed to be coming just in time, and seasonal to below-average temperatures are expected to bring steady changes to Commonwealth forests. Drier forests this summer meant fewer leaf fungus seen across the state, opening up the way for what could be a particularly brisk fall season.

Northwest Region

The District Manager of the Cornplanter State Forest District (Warren and Erie Counties) said the early fall color on some maple trees welcomed the first day of fall. Shrubs like dogwoods and sumacs sport pretty colors along the roads. Fall flowering plants, such as purple asters and brilliant goldenrod, are in full bloom and add to the early fall display. Most of the trees are still green but careful observers will notice that the green color is beginning to fade and will soon be replaced by the bright colors of fall.

North-Central Region

The Susquehannock State Forest District Manager (Potter and McKean Counties) reported that the maple trees have started to change, with the red maple being the most impressive. The south-facing slopes seem to be more favorable to a beautiful color, currently. Peak color for northern hardwoods should begin around October 8 and late October for oaks.

Foresters at Loyalsock State Forest (Lycoming and Sullivan counties) said the color transition is just beginning with the maple trees. Trees on moist soils seem to be the first to change; for beautiful scenery visit Sones Pond or some of the wetlands along the horse and ski trails between Eagles Mere and Shanerburg Road. The peak of color in the region is estimated to occur on the weekend of October 15.

The Tioga State Forest district superintendent said fall color is progressing as expected, with maple trees highlighting the early display. The higher elevations seem to show the region’s most impressive fall color currently. Peak foliage in the area is expected in mid-October.

Forestry staff at Sproul State Forest (Clinton and North Central Counties) said fall color is just beginning to be seen on the Upper Plateau, but somewhat muted in heavily defoliated areas. by spongy caterpillars. The peak of foliage is expected in mid-October.

The Clearfield County Service Forester (Moshannon Forest District) reported little progress. Only individual red maples turn scarlet and orange. Understory black gums and sassafras turn orange and red, respectively, but only in a few areas. The ferns are beginning to turn bright yellow. A walk on Caledonia Pike in the Frenchville area will reveal scattered black gum and sassafras.

Elk State Forest foresters (Elk and Cameron counties) reported very little color change in the district’s oak-dominated forests. The color peak is expected in the area in two to three weeks.

Mid-West and South-West regions

In the northern Clear Creek Forest District, the leaves are just beginning to turn, mostly because of the dry summer. Black walnut, largetooth aspen, birch and some others turn yellow. The black gummies are just beginning to spin, with a few red leaves dotting the crowns. Dogwood shrubs, sumac, Virginia creeper and poison ivy are brilliant red. Goldenrod and asters are in full bloom. MK Goddard State Park, which overlooks Lake Wilhelm, is a good place to see some great early color.

In the Forbes State Forest District, the southwestern six counties are starting to change, but the ridges are more advanced. The ridgeline of Laurel Ridge (Mounts Somerset and Westmoreland), Chestnut Ridge (Mounts Westmoreland and Fayette), and Mt. Davis (Mount Somerset) all progress the same way. A few patches of trees are already vibrant while most others are still very green. With the weather forecast of still mild daytime temperatures and crisp, cool nighttime conditions, spectacular fall colors are likely this year. A scenic drive up Laurel Mountain through state forest land south of Mount Davis is recommended to see early color on black gums, maples, and cinnamon ferns.

Gallitzin State Forest (Blair, Indiana, and Cambria counties) staff reported no significant sightings of fall foliage in the district.

Central and south-central regions

In the Bald Eagle State Forest District, the Mifflin, Juniata and Union County Service Forester reported that a few black gum and urban red maple trees were beginning to turn red. The color peak in the area is in two to three weeks.

Bureau of Forestry staff at Mira Lloyd Dock Center (near Potters Mills, Central County in the Seven Mountains region) reported seeing signs of falling, with red, yellow and orange starting to appear . Early season species such as red maples, sassafras, black cherry and black gum are the main contributors. Some nice viewing areas for color seekers are the many State Forest Roads and Lookouts located throughout Bald Eagle and nearby Rothrock State Forests.

In the Tuscarora State Forest District (Perry and Juniata counties), green is by far the dominant color, but a few early indicators show some color. These include spice, black gum, flowering dogwood and Virginia creeper.

In the Weiser State Forest District, the district superintendent reported that the fall transition has been minimal, but black gums are beginning to change color (red), as are birch (yellow) and red maples. Noticeably colder nights should bring more color next week.

In the Buchanan State Forest (Franklin, Fulton, and Bedford counties), foresters reported few indicators of fall color. Apart from a few dry stands of trees along the hillsides, only the black gums have begun to turn a bold crimson.

In Rothrock State Forest, Huntingdon County, no significant color was reported. The leaves in Michaux State Forest (Adams, Franklin and Cumberland counties) are just beginning to change. Black gum and some maples are a few species in transition to fall color.

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Northeast Region

In the Delaware State Forest (Pike and Monroe counties), the best fall colors can currently be seen at higher elevations. In swamps and high-altitude streams, red maple and highbush blueberry begin to show bright colors of red and burgundy. The hickories are starting to show their fall yellows and many other species are showing signs of change. The best places to see fall colors in the National Forest are around the Promised Land area. Promised Land Lake, Bruce Lake and Egypt Meadow Lake offer red maples and highbush blueberries along their shores. These areas also offer the chance to see tamarack in its characteristic golden color.

Pinchot State Forest foresters said the forests are changing rapidly with the recent arrival of colder weather. Vibrant shades of red appeared on the black gums and red maples. Although these colors stand out, most of the woods are still green. Sugar maples, aspens, and birches have started to change color, along with many other understory plants like fern and wintergreen. The oaks and beeches have not started to change yet, but the appearance of color should be more apparent in a few days. The best places to view fall foliage in the area are Brownell Reservoir and Moosic Mountain, as well as Salt Springs and Ricketts Glen State Parks.

Southeast region

Foresters in the William Penn State Forest District report no significant sightings of fall foliage.

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