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Ohio Forest Canopies Starting to Show Hints of Fall Color
Ohio Ag Connection - 10/11/2018

Due to the warmer than normal temperatures, leaves are slowly starting their autumn color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). With cooler temperatures forecasted, those colors should soon appear statewide.

"Some fall color is developing slowly in pockets around the state," said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. "Make sure to plan a trip out to one of our many state parks, nature preserves or forests to see the colors of the season -- where there are no admission or parking fees. State parks like Burr Oak and Mohican as well as preserves like Conkles Hollow are stunning on a normal day, but when these places are draped with beautiful fall color, the experience is breathtaking."

As we head into Earth Science Week (Oct. 14-20), the ODNR Division of Geological Survey is hosting a number of hikes and educational events throughout the state. For more information on those events and Earth Science Week, go to bit.ly/earthscienceweek18.

Ohioans should also remember that Ohio is officially in its fall fire season. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. For more information on fall fire season in Ohio, go to forestry.ohiodnr.gov/wildfire.

People interested in finding out where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio's official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

- Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.

- Weekly videos from ODNR naturalists highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

- Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Fall is a distinctive season in Ohio with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn's harvest from apples to pumpkins. It's such a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you that it feels like a holiday -- or perhaps a Falliday! To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of TourismOhio has created a new landing page, ohio.org/fallidays.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall18 and #FallidaysinOhio. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and @ohiodnr, @ohstateparks and @ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

Ohio State Parks is also having a photo contest this fall. Help us highlight the best of the great outdoors in a variety of categories for a chance to win great prizes! Enter today at ohiostateparksphotocontest.com. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio's Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio's $44 billion tourism industry. For more, visit ohio.org.

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