Maine – Fall foliage is worth billions of dollars to the New England economy.
People from all over flock to the region to watch the leaves turn *and* spend their money, but all of those leaf peepers are going to have to wait a little longer.
“All green right now, good for other things but not so good for the fall foliage visitor” says Kerrie Tripp the Executive Director of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
She’s referencing the Maine Foliage report, which at this time last year was showing far more change.
Change that can currently only be seen in parts of Aroostook County.
John Jemison from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension says “It has certainly been muggy as of late and that does tend to push the foliage change back some.”
The warmer than usual end of summer has Maine’s roughly 600 million dollar annual industry on hold.
Tripp says “We are a little bit farther away from the foliage tours, and it really is a huge industry in Maine, Maine is covered in trees so people come from all over to see Maine’s natural beauty”
Both agree, no matter how long the warm weather holds on, like death and taxes, the change of season is something you can count on.
A foliage report which can be found on the state of Maine’s website is issued every week throughout the fall.