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News Release
September 26 2003
First Fall Color Update September 25, 2003
COLUMBUS, OH -- Woodlands across most of Ohio remain green and lush this week. However, tinges of yellow and red are beginning to emerge in the verdant landscape thanks to a chemical change triggered by recent sunny days and cool nights, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

"It's the cool nights and sunny days in late September that really bring on Ohio's spectacular Fall Color palette in fields and forests," said Bill Schultz, fall color spokesman with the ODNR Division of Forestry. "Some areas are already reporting the first patches of seasonal color change."

Seasonal events are set this weekend for Mary Jane Thurston State Park in Wood County; Scioto Trail State Park in Ross County, Quail Hollow State Park in Stark County, Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County, Cowan Lake State Park in Clinton County, East Fork State Park in Clermont County, Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County, Malabar Farm State Park in Richland County, Kelleys Island State Park in Ottawa County, Indian Lake State Park in Logan County and Rocky Fork State Park in Highland County.

To help Ohioans and out-of-state visitors make the most of this popular touring season, weekly updates are available from the best Fall Color viewing locations across the state through 1-800-BUCKEYE. Internet users can also find this Fall Color information at

Ohio's 74 state parks, 20 state forests and 125 state nature preserves provide excellent locations to sample the splendid fall foliage. Here are current reports from selected locations:


Viewing Location
Green Alum Creek State Park Delaware
Green Mount Gilead State Park Morrow
Green Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve Licking
Green Punderson State Park Geauga
Fair Findley State Park Lorain
Green Mohican State Park and State Forest Ashland
Green Malabar Farm State Park Richland
Green Hach-Otis State Nature Preserve Lake
Green Guilford Lake State Park Columbiana
Green Salt Fork State Park Guernsey
Green Blue Rock State Park and State Forest Muskingum
Green Fernwood State Forest Jefferson
Fair Beaver Creek State Park Columbiana
Green Lake Hope State Park Vinton
Green Hocking Hills State Park and State Forest Hocking
Green Jackson Lake State Park Jackson
Green Burr Oak State Park Morgan
Green Tar Hollow State Forest Ross
Green Zaleski State Forest Vinton
Green Shawnee State Park and State Forest Scioto
Green Hueston Woods State Park and State Nature Preserve Preble
Green Paint Creek State Park Ross
Green Caesar Creek State Park and State Nature Preserve Warren
Green Little Miami State Park Warren
Green Kiser Lake State Park Champaign
Green J. Bryan State Park/Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve Greene County
Green Indian Lake State Park Logan
Fair Van Buren State Park Hancock
Green Maumee State Forest Fulton
Green Harrison Lake State Park Fulton
COLOR CONDITION KEY: GREEN - Still mostly green. FAIR - Beginning to turn colors. NEAR PEAK - Mostly colored. PEAK - Peak colors. FADING - Mostly colored, but fading from peak conditions. LEAF DROP - Few leaves on trees. Note that reported conditions are subject to rapid change with wind or rain.


For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at
For Further Information Contact:
Bill Schultz, ODNR Division of Forestry
(614) 265-6704
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860




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