New York is looking for ‘leaf peepers’ to keep track of fall foliage

September 4, 2020

Image by Pierre Blaché from Pixabay

Admit it–you can’t wait to get that perfect #fallfoliage shot. But if you want to take it a step further, you can volunteer as an official “leaf peeper” for the state of New York (h/t Time Out). I LOVE NY, the state’s tourism agency, is growing its statewide team of volunteers who submit weekly reports on the status of foliage in their given areas.

According to the announcement, the program begins the second week of September and goes through the first or second week of November. Volunteers will submit their observations on Mondays and Tuesday, in addition to a full, detailed report on Wednesdays. It explains:

You’ll be asked to note the location of your reporting, the percentage of leaves you expect to be changed by the coming weekend, the expected colors visitors will see, the overall brilliance of the leaves, and the stage of the season (no change, just changing, near peak, peak, and past peak).

All of this information will then be used to compile the 2020 Fall Foliage Report, which will be published online weekly. It includes a map of the “peak-ness” of each area, as well as a report for each of the state’s regions.

Get more info on the Official I LOVE NY Leaf Peeper program here >>


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