Foliage

Britta Greene for NHPR

Haven't been impressed with the leaf peeping in New Hampshire so far this year? You're not alone.

Dave Lutz, a research associate in the Environmental Studies Department at Dartmouth College, has been thinking a lot about fall foliage for a paper he’s been working on. He’s been watching what he calls “indicator trees” along his drive to work – certain species he watches for their color and behavior.

The fall foliage season is sweeping through New Hampshire, causing residents and leaf-peepers to appreciate anew the forests in the state.  The colors of the season are a function of forest health, and we look closely at efforts to restore and protect three iconic tree species: elm, ash, and chestnut.  And a new report finds that New England is losing 65 acres of forestland per day


Axel Kristinsson via Flickr/Creative Commons

New Hampshire is experiencing one of those few rare and special weeks right now. About 48 weeks of the year, the New Hampshire landscape is pretty homogenous; from a distance our deciduous trees can all look the same: either a blanket of green leaves, or nothing but sticks. But during a few brief weeks in the fall and in the spring – trees show their true colors.

Susan Cole Kelly / flickr

New Hampshire’s department of travel and tourism is predicting 670,000 visitors and over $98 million spent by the end of this Columbus day weekend. The Columbus holiday is NH’s third strongest tourism weekend.

Kris Nielson is with the department of Travel and Tourism. She says peak foliage season is a little later than usual, this year. Still, she says, the Great North Woods are at peak,; and the White Mountains are close.  

"The color’s been a little bit slower to come in the lakes region and the Seacoast," she said, "but signs are popping up all over."

Preparing for the Flu Season; Tracking Fall Foliage

Oct 4, 2016
Credit: NIAID on Flickr

The first case of the flu has already been reported in New Hampshire. We get the best estimate on this year's flu forecast, and the efficacy and duration of flu inoculations.  Then we pivot to another harbinger of the colder temperatures ahead: New Hampshire's always-impressive fall foliage.  We discuss the notion of "peak" foliage and how the season gives the Granite State it's sense of identity.


pfly via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Dry conditions from an ongoing drought in much of New Hampshire could cut short the state's lucrative fall foliage season.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that across southern New Hampshire, maples and other leafy trees known for their vibrant hues are changing color or dropping their leaves early— a potential sign of distress.

Kyle Lombard, of the state Division of Forest and Lands, says tree-targeting insect pests are thriving this year due to the dry weather.

Need a fix of bright fall foliage? Kyle Waring can help with that. He’s now in his second year of business collecting and selling autumn leaves.

Waring tells Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti about his business called Ship Foliage and how he preserves the leaves. And for another seasonal fix, if New England has another snowy winter, Waring will continue his second year of Ship Snow, Yo! – packing and shipping that fluffy white stuff.

Penn State via Flickr CC / https://flic.kr/p/auaiVV

For decades, environmentalists have fought to keep plastic, glass, paper and other recyclables out of landfills where they’d sit for thousands of years…so, is recycling truly making a difference in the health of the planet? Today, some data that challenges recycling’s sanctified status. Then, India’s government says it will clean up the horribly polluted Ganges, the river which supports ten percent of the world’s population. The first step: working with the Hindu belief that the Ganges is holy, self-purifying and the place to be buried. 

Seek New Travel via flickr Creative Commons

Something in the sudden acute awareness of slanting, September sunlight, standing amid fallen crimson maple leaves and with long-faded hopes for a Red Sox pennant bid aggravates my annual autumn lament. Despite fall foliage which will again be absolutely gorgeous, I remain vexed.

There are only two seasons: "summer waxing" and "summer waning." The former runs January to June. The latter opens at the dying echoes of Fourth of July Fireworks and extends through December.

Jack Rodolico / NHPR

Hikers around the Granite State are enjoying what’s left of the fall colors. One favorite viewing spot: North America’s most frequently hiked mountain. 

On October’s peak foliage weekends, up to 7,000 people visit Monadnock State Park. The summit is packed—you can bump into just about anyone. Neuroscience student Maddie Diaz drove up with some PhD students from Brandeis University. She’s originally from Miami.

"This is not only my first hike, but my first opportunity to see autumn foliage," Diaz says. "Oh, the view is stunning.  I've never seen colors like this before!"

Boyan Moskov

Ask and you shall receive. 

We asked our listeners and contributors to send us favorite foliage shots from around the state. We're around peak right now, and this is how it looks. 

Have more photos to contribute? Send them to us by email, or post them on our Facebook page. 

ilovebutter via Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire tourism officials say the fall foliage is most vibrant and at or just past peak in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region.

Officials emphasize that New Hampshire's parks and campgrounds are open and unaffected by the federal government shutdown. Ranger stations in the White Mountains National Forest are closed.

Foliage is now past peak in Pittsburg and most areas of the Great North Woods, which typically peak first.

North Conway and Lincoln are at or near peak, while Bristol, Hebron and Rumney are at 50 percent.

intenteffect, via Flickr creative commons

Something in the sudden acute awareness of slanting, September sunlight, standing amid fallen crimson maple leaves and with long-faded hopes for a Red Sox pennant bid aggravates my annual autumn lament. Despite fall foliage which will again be absolutely gorgeous, I remain vexed.

There are only two seasons: "summer waxing" and "summer waning." The former runs January to June. The latter opens at the dying echoes of Fourth of July Fireworks and extends through December.