The U.S. Forest Service is helping people find turning leaves this year with its “Fall Colors 2013” campaign.
The Forest Service has launched an online map to help forest visitors see if trees are peaking in their state or places they plan to visit. The states on the map are colored green (not peaking) to bright red (peaking) to brown (past peak).
Another map will help visitors find a national forest nearest them to enjoy the colors of fall.
The Forest Service is again offering its fall colors hot line – 800-354-4595 – that provides audio updates on the best places, dates and routes to take for peak viewing of fall colors on national forests. When calling the number, press 6 for an update on conditions in Washington and Oregon.
Last week, the report was from the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It mentioned the big-leaf maple leaves turning yellow at an elevation of about 2,000 feet. Above 4,000 feet, huckleberry bushes are turning red and plum.Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, email@example.com