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PA's Fall Foliage Report 2017

Published: Sep 15, 2017

Weekly Fall Foliage Reports for Pennsylvania will begin on Sept. 21, 2017.

State Forestry officials project a banner year for foliage in Pennsylvania, which typically peaks for several weeks near the beginning of October.

Beginning on September 21, those planning to visit the Keystone State for fall foliage viewing will have access to expert advice on peak times for Leef-Peeping in each region of the Commonwealth, thanks to a state web site that provides weekly fall foliage reports.

PA's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and PA Tourism Office have again partnered on this initiative to promote the best spots to view fall foliage with a Weekly Fall Foliage Report and a Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage Story Map.

fall woods newsletterPennsylvania is home to 17 million acres of woodlands with more than 2.5 million acres of state forest and state park lands and private woodlands, according to a press release from DCNR.

All of these landscapes offer an incredible variety of hardwoods which produce an array of color in the fall with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows dotting the mountains and lining the rivers and roads across the state.

Bureau of Forestry experts are predicting a banner year for foliage across the Commonwealth, according to DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.

The agency is also making key regional forestry experts available to media who want to learn more about the chemistry of fall foliage color or to get more locally-oriented information related to peak fall foliage schedules or prime viewing areas.

To arrange an interview with any of the experts listed below, please contact Terry Brady at 717-705-2225 or email tbrady@pa.gov.

Southcentral Pennsylvania (HERSHEY & HARRISBURG REGION)
Ryan Reed, environmental education specialist: Harrisburg

Northeast Pennsylvania
Tim Latz, forester: Pinchot Forest District, Dalton

Northwest Pennsylvania
Cecile Stelter, district forester: Cornplanter State Forest District, Warren

Southeast Pennsylvania
Rick Hartlieb, assistant district forester: William Penn State Forest District, Elverson

Southwest Pennsylvania
Rachael Mahony, environmental education specialist: Forbes State Forest District, Laughlintown

Northcentral Pennsylvania
Chris Firestone, wild plant program manager: Tioga State Forest District, Wellsboro

The PA Tourism Office encourages visitors to Pursue Your Happiness in Pennsylvania and join the conversation using the hashtag #FallinPA

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To contact the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, please call David Smith at 717-783-1132.

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Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Rick@HersheyHarrisburg.org