- Created: Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:47
Fall colors are about to burst all over the country, and the Forest Service wants everyone to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons in U.S. national forests.
"Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to plan a trip to see the beauty of your national forests," said Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service. “As tree experts, we have incredible resources on our Web site to help you plan a great adventure this fall season."
From coast to coast, state and local economies are boosted because of the fall season. For many rural communities, fall color tourism is a major source of revenue. Hotels, restaurants and local shops rely on the influx of dollars generated by fall visitors.
For example, the New England area receives an estimated $8 billion in local revenues annually due to fall activities. Throughout the Midwest, millions of visitors hit the road to enjoy the sights. In the West, the mountains provide destinations filled with tourists seeking a glimpse of shimmering gold aspens.
Weather conditions in all areas impact peak viewing dates, so information provided on the Forest Service Web site and phone hotline can help visitors plan their trips.
The Forest Service’s Fall Colors 2012 Web site includes clickable maps that link to forest-by-forest fall color information and to state tourism and fall color Web sites. Family friendly features include locations of scenic drives and trails, coloring pages for kids, the science behind the season, and links to a tree database. Photographs from visitors nationwide will be added to the site.
Following tradition, the Forest Service has turned on its Fall Colors Hotline – 1-800-354-4595. The hotline provides audio updates on the best places, dates and routes to take for peak viewing of fall colors on national forests.