Foliage Report Sept 22 | Fall Foliage in the Adirondacks

Friday, September 22, 2017
By: Mary Godnick- Adirondack Council Marketing and Development Assistant

Today we are continuing our weekly Foliage Friday series, celebrating Autumn in the Adirondacks. Each week we are featuring some of the amazing photos shared with us on Instagram showcasing fall colors in Adirondack communities, wilderness and water. Tag us in your Adirondack foliage photos on Instagram at @AdirondackCouncil to be featured next week!

Adirondack Foliage Update

Today is officially the Autumnal equinox! The weather has been unseasonably warm this week, offering a chance for one last swim for the season. The average high for Lake Placid is 69 degrees F, and this week we hit temps around 80 degrees F. Foliage is “mid point” and hitting "near peak" in some areas of the Adirondack Park according to the I Love NY foliage meter. Our friends at the Adirondack Mountain Club are reporting a 60-75% change in foliage at Heart Lake Loj. 

Foliage Fact:

Leaves fall off trees in the "fall" because there is no way they could survive frigid Adirondack winters without damage. Trees react to this change in temperature and reduce themselves to the toughest parts: trunks, branches, bark etc. This saves energy for the tree. Most evergreens can hold on to their needles during the winter because they had a waxy outer coating that protects them from the cold. They also have cells with an antifreeze chemical that helps ward off the freezing temps. 

Check out the great shots of this week's color display below!













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Mary joined the Council in August 2016. As the Marketing and Fund Development Assistant, Mary works with the team to coordinate marketing and fundraising efforts. She develops, manages and implements strategic social media and marketing campaigns to grow the visibility of the Council's efforts. She also works with the Fund Development team in production of materials, mailings and reports to help expand our support to preserve the Park for future generations.

Mary grew up in Harford, NY and is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Public Relations in May of 2014. Previously, she has worked in digital marketing, search engine optimization, and social media management. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, blogging, gardening, yoga, and enjoying all that the Adirondack Park has to offer.


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