Daily Court Reporter - News Natural resources, state tourism officials roll out state website for leaf peepers
Natural resources, state tourism officials roll out state website for leaf peepers
KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
A bird's eye view of Columbus may offer the only hint that the city's lush green canopy is at the earliest stages of the fall color change.
Locust leaves have begun turning from their own shade of green to a golden rusty color and pear trees lining many city streets show their first few bright yellow leaves from that perspective.
Not missing a beat, state natural resources and tourism officials are out with their first fall color report of the season.
"Fall color is just beginning, and it will improve when we experience cool, crisp night temperatures and bright sunny days," said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. "The colors will soon be noticeable in walnut, ash and maple trees in open areas, as well as with Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines. Right now, we are still seeing mostly green conditions across the state."
According to local weather reports, the region's very wet summer has central Ohio trees staying greener longer.
In some instances, trees have sprouted new growth with tender, lighter-green colored leaves getting their first taste of sunshine.
Natural resources officials are directing those individuals interested in tracking down the most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season to: fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov - the state's official guide to the changing colors.
This website features:
Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
Weekly videos from ODNR naturalists highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.
Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.
The Color Condition Key for the Fall Color Report is, as follows: Mostly Green – no real fall color seen; Changing – still mostly green, less than 25 percent color; Near Peak – significant color showing, anywhere from 30 to 60 percent color; Peak – peak colors, as much as 85 percent showing; and Fading – fading from peak conditions and leaves falling to forest floor.
Tourism officials note that fall is a distinctive season with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn's harvest from apples to pumpkins.
Marketing materials characterize fall as a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you, coining the word "Falliday."
TourismOhio has created a new landing page, ohio.org/fallidays, to help visitors find those special autumn activities throughout the Buckeye State.
ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtags #OhioFall18 and #FallidaysinOhio.
Also, Ohio State Parks is also having a photo contest this fall to assist in highlighting the best of the great outdoors in a variety of categories.
To enter the contest, participants must visit ohiostateparksphotocontest.com.
Date Published: October 19, 2018