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First signs of colorful fall foliage emerging in Adirondacks and Catskills regions (This is the first 2010 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.) Albany, N.Y. - And they're off! The 2010 foliage season in New York State is officially underway as the first significant colors of autumn are appearing in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism's I LOVE NEW YORK program. This weekend in the Adirondacks, expect up to 25 percent color change in areas around Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake, where the soft maples are providing sporadic yellow and copper tinges to the muted shades of green. Other reporting stations in the region are calling for less than 10 percent color change by the weekend. In the Catskills region, in Ulster County, foliage observers in the Saugerties area project between 10 and 15 percent color change, as shades of yellow begin to appear. The rest of the state reports 10 percent or less color change. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online New York's weekly I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage color reports continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated online to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state. The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at http://www.iloveny.com/. Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. From all other areas, the number is 518/474-4116. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for Foliage Updates on Twitter and Facebook You can also get early foliage updates, plus access to each Wednesday's full foliage report, via I LOVE NEW YORK's Twitter (twitter.com/I_LOVE_NY) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/iloveny) pages. Also, check the I LOVE NEW YORK Flickr page (www.flickr.com/photos/officialiloveny) for photographs of this season's gorgeous fall foliage. I LOVE NEW YORK recently became the first state tourist organization to break the 30,000 followers mark on Twitter. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information visit http://www.iloveny.com/. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.