Fall Foliage Arriving Early

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ERIE (Erie News Now) – Today is the first official day of fall, a time where colder temperatures occur and leaves begin to change and for some folks you may already be seeing some of the leaves starting to change.

“The dry conditions early in the spring, the wet conditions this summer, and the back and forth are causing some of the leaves to change and actually causing some of the leaves to drop,” says DCNR’s District Forest, Cecile Stelter.

She informs Erie News Now there is no need to worry, we still have time to experience and see all the fall foliage this season.

“We have different types of forest as you go across PA, so even if you miss the best color in one region you probably have another opportunity to catch good coloring just in a few counties just down the road,” says Stelter.

This season Stelter says we should expect a good fall foliage coloration, “what makes Pennsylvania one of the best places to come see fall foliage is we have over 130 native tree species, all of which change color at different times and they all have a little bit different color.”

Stelter explains one of the most popular trees, “especially sugar maples have some of the most variable colors so you’ll see yellows, oranges, and reds in sugar maples. What makes PA so beautiful and such a wonderful place to come and see the fall foliage.”


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