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Spotty fall on tap

Foliage forecasts differ on color quality; state pegs fall tourism at $13B

A view of previous fall foliage along a hike to Roaring Brook Falls, Keene Valley in the Adirondacks.

A view of previous fall foliage along a hike to Roaring Brook Falls, Keene Valley in the Adirondacks. Submitted photo by Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

— Niklas agreed and said the best time to view foliage is “very regional,” but did believe it would be generally occurring sooner.

“It looks like the plants are doing things two weeks earlier than usual and that is because we had such a mild winter and spring that the flowering season was two weeks earlier,” Niklas said, “so that might accelerate the appearance of the autumn coloration.”

As far as the tourism industry is concerned, Niklas does not think it will be washout.

I don’t think this is going to be disaster for the tourism trade, but it is certainly going to economically spotty,” he said. “Some hotels may have more tourists than they used to and other hotels and restaurants much less.”

The Catskills and Adirondacks are typically the first areas to have their leaves change, Scheffel said. He predicted the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 would provide “some really good color breaking out” in the Adirondacks.

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