Thursday, September 17, 2020

DCNR Experts Offer Fall Foliage Tips For Residents, Travelers

To celebrate the fall season in Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources experts will be available to serve as regional advisers on fall foliage, offering tips and resources to help residents and visitors experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways across the Commonwealth. 

Weekly Reports

Fall foliage typically peaks for several weeks beginning in October across Pennsylvania. 

Starting September 24, weekly fall foliage reports can be found online on the DCNR website and will be updated every Thursday. 

Best Spots

Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map and on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website. 

“Throughout the state, our foresters and park personnel look forward to recommending both the best times and locations to glimpse our autumn woodlands in all their splendor,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “With 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, Pennsylvanians truly are blessed with an abundance of prime fall-foliage viewing areas.” 

Festivals, Events

While the leaves are the star of the show, Pennsylvania is abounding with great festivals, pick-your-own farms, and unrivaled haunted attractions that make the state the obvious choice for autumn. 

Each year, Pennsylvania’s nearly 204 million travelers inject more than $43 billion into Pennsylvania’s economy, generate more than $4 billion in tax revenues, and are responsible for more than 500,000 jobs related to or benefiting from tourism. 

“Even during these uncertain times of COVID-19, Pennsylvania’s happy travelers can safely enjoy the beauty of our Commonwealth’s parks and woodlands,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, deputy secretary of the Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “No matter which corner of the state you’re visiting, our fall foliage offers a breathtaking look at the splendor of Penn’s Woods.” 


Regional forestry experts can discuss the chemistry of fall foliage color, as well as the projected outlook for fall foliage in their region of Pennsylvania. State experts include:  

-- Northeast Pennsylvania: Tim Latz, assistant district 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  

-- Southcentral Pennsylvania: Ryan Reed, natural resource program specialist, Harrisburg 

-- Southwest Pennsylvania: Dave Planinsek, forester: Forbes State Forest District, Laughlintown 

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

For fall-inspired festivals and experiences, go to or follow Visit PA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Pursue your happiness and join the conversation using the hashtag #FallinPA.

For more information on land and water trails in Pennsylvania, visit the Explore PA Trails website.  For information on local and regional recreation facilities, visit the Get Outdoors PA website.

For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and training opportunities for local and regional recreation programs, visit the PA Recreation and Park Society website.  Like them on Facebook,  Follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, and find them on InstagramClick Here to support their work.

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-- DCNR Announces Regional Virtual Grant Workshops For Recreation And Conservation Projects In November

-- DCNR Good Natured Blog: Hiking Off The Beaten Path, Lesser Known State Forest Trails

-- DCNR Good Natured Blog: Great, But Lesser Known Pennsylvania Trails

-- Brandywine Conservancy Issues Hiking Through History Map Tracing Philadelphia Campaign Of 1777

-- Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness Host Oct. 10-11 Hickory Creek Wilderness Trail Stewardship Weekend

-- Manada Conservancy Hosts Sept. 29 Conservation & Health - A Vital Relationship Program 

[Posted: Sept. 17, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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