Go to iloveny.com for the latest fall color conditions!The 2012 Fall Foliage Season In New York State Has Begun!

This is the first 2012 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. - New York State's colorful foliage season is officially underway as the first significant signs of spectacular fall colors are beginning to appear in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism's I LOVE NEW YORK program.

In the Adirondacks, observers based in Old Forge, in Herkimer County, expect 15 percent color change by the weekend with muted fall colors of burgundy and yellow, along with a few splashes of red and orange. To the north, in Franklin County, foliage spotters in the Mt. Arab/Tupper Lake area expect 10-15 percent color transition with the changing soft maples adding a slight tint of muted bronze and burgundy to the fading green of summer. In the Catskills region, leaf peepers in Kingston and Saugerties, in Ulster County, expect 10-15 percent color change with average-to-bright shades of yellow and gold starting to appear against a mostly green backdrop. The rest of the state reports 10 percent or less color change. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online 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/. For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week's I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #Fall4NY on Twitter. Simply type #Fall4NY into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State's fall colors, best places to see them, as well as fun fall events throughout the state. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@esd.ny.gov. 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.

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Editor's Note to Meteorologists: If you would like to directly receive I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage reports along with high-resolution versions of the weekly color progression map, please contact Eric Scheffel at escheffel@esd.ny.gov or (518) 292-5274. CONTACT:       Eric Scheffel Empire State Development (518) 292-5274 escheffel@esd.ny.gov Melanie Klausner M. SILVER ASSOCIATES (212)-754-6500, ext. 243 Melanie@msilver-pr.com