It's Fall - Get Out There!

It's Fall - Get Out There!

Road through a forest during autumn. Road through a forest during autumn.

September 24, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - It's officially Fall and the U.S. Forest Service is urging people to get outdoors, spend time in rural communities and urban forests, and enjoy one of nature's most spectacular seasons.

America's public lands, particularly our national forests, are among the most spectacular venues to view the changes in fall colors," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "The Forest Service offers numerous resources to help you plan your experience. Nature is closer than you may think."

The Forest Service has launched an online map to help visitors see if trees are peaking in their state. The map will be shaded in green (not peaking) to bright red (peaking) to brown (past peak).

See a schedule for peak color changes by state. 

Fall colors provide an economic boost to communities across the United States. The New England area alone receives an estimated $8 billion annually in local revenues from fall visitors. In the Midwest, millions of visitors hit the road to enjoy the sights, and in the West, the mountains offer destinations filled with tourists seeking views of shimmering gold aspens.Activities like enjoying the fall colors support President Obama's America's Great Outdoors and the First Lady's Let's Move Outside! initiatives. America's Great Outdoors seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve, restore and provide better access to our public lands and waters, and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Let's Move Outside! is about raising a healthier generation by engaging kids and families in active, outdoor recreation across public lands and waters.

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