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Minnesota fall color updates available on DNR Web site

Minnesotans can follow the changing fall colors on-line this autumn on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web site at The color reports on this site are gathered from information provided by color observers in state parks across Minnesota.

Because the colorful fall show in Minnesota is the result of more than leaf color, these reports include some extras. In addition to leaf color, the reports include information about the changing fall colors among the native grasses and wildflowers, notes on "critters" that are migrating or preparing for winter, and a listing of the berries, nuts and fruits that are ripe for harvesting. The site also features highlights about autumn events in Minnesota.

WEB SITE PHOTOS ILLUSTRATE CURRENT FALL COLOR STATUS The fall color site will also include photos from parks and other locations that will give Web site visitors a first-hand look at fall colors. The public can contribute current fall color photos by uploading them to the DNR Web site at Click on "Current Conditions."

Fall color information can be accessed from the DNR home page by selecting "2003 Fall Colors." By clicking on a region of the color report map, users are linked to complete reports from state parks in that region. Color reports for individual state parks, which are updated twice a week during the fall color season, appear at the top of the state park home page.

Colors typically peak along the Canadian border in mid-to-late September. Peak colors come to the northern third of Minnesota the last week in September or early October. The following weekend should bring peak colors in central Minnesota. By mid-October, peak colors reach the Twin Cities area. The southern and southeastern part of the state should have good color through the third week in October.

For an audio report of fall color status, call the Minnesota Office of Tourism leaf hotline at (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities metro area or toll free 1-800-657-3700.




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